Imphal Sept 24: Thousands of people from across the state as well as some from outside the state today runs the 11th Mega Marathon organised by the United Peoples’ Front (UPF) Manipur . The race was flagged off by RK Ranendrajit, Chairman Sport’s movement committee from Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and ended at the same spot after covering about 22 kilometers. Laithangbam Ranjan Singh of Sunu Siphai in Bishnupur District and ASI in Pune and Nongthombam Chaoba Devi of Luwangshangbam respectively clinched the men’s and women’s title of the 11th Mega Marathon organised under the theme Run for Your Nation. Speaking on the sideline of the event, Soraisam Ratankumar Singh, President of United People’s Front (UPF) Manipur said that the mega marathon under the theme “Run for your Nation” has been organising since 2007. The main aim of the event is to maintain peace and coexistence for the future with the different communities in the state, also to bring development together as one and to do so, co-operation from different section of the communities is required, he added. In the men’s open group, Laithangbam Ranjan Singh of Sunu Siphai took 01:09:46 sec to finish on top while Somong Raman of Phalee Village, Ukhrul (01:14:06 sec) and Khundongbam Romajit Singh of Khundrakpam Awang Leikai (01:14:24 sec) secured the second and third spot respectively. A cash prize of Rs 40,000 donated by Manipur State Social Welfare Board chairperson RK Nayansana Devi in memory of his son (L) Jaideep Gurumayum was awarded to the winner Laithangbam Ranjan Singh. Somong Raman received a cash prize of Rs 30,000 donated by Huidrom Ibomcha Singh in memory of his father (L) Huidrom Angachou. Third place Khundongbam Romajit Singh was awarded a cash prize of Rs 20,000 donated by Oinam Romen Singh in memory of his father (L) O Charly Singh. The runners securing 4th to 15th place were given cash prize of Rs 3000 each which was donated by Oinam Priyo Singh in memory of his father (L) Oinam Mani Singh of Singjamei Oinam Leikai as the consolation reward. In the women’s open group, S Nongthombam Chaoba Devi of Luwangshangbam– 01:36:24, Konsam Bibicha Devi of Manipur Police Sports Club – 01:43:11 and Azima of Lillong – 01:44:41 secured the first, second and third place respectively. A cash prize of Rs 40,000; Rs 30,000; Rs 20,000 respectively were awarded to the first, second and third position holder respectively. Nongmaithem Noren Singh, Additional Chief Engineer PWD, The Blossom School and M Lokendro Singh donated the cash prizes for first, second and third place. Altogether around 4000 runners where around 1500 runners from the women side and the remaining were from the men’s side took part in the event. Further, the runners who secured 4th to 15th places were awarded a cash prize of Rs 3000 each, donated by Ksh Chandrakumar of Van Heusen, Paona Bazar as the consolation reward. The prize distribution function was attended Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar as Chief Guest while President of the UPF, S. Ratankumar presided over it. Former president of UPF Kh. Ratan also attended the function as Guest of honour.
Thousands runs the UPF Mega Marathon Laithangbam Ranjan Singh and Nongthombam Chaoba Devi clinch men’s and women’s title