There comes a time when you push your body to do things which seems impossible but only your mind knows you can. To run 111 km itself is a challenge, but to try and run it at one of the most inhospitable terrains in the world is a whole new world altogether. Not deterred by the physical and mental strain that they would have to put their body through, Captain Rajesh Wadhwa, Commander Sunil Handa, Commander Navneet Nagi, Lieutenant Commander Kanishka Chandel, Lieutenant Amit Kumar and Petty Officer Hari Om, became the first official team from the Indian Navy to take part in the ultra marathon. For acclimatization, the team decided to do the Markha Valley trek with a climb of Kang Yatse II. One of the highlights of this hike to get used to altitude was doing yoga at elevation. The race began on the night of August 11 in Diskit, which made the run more challenging. Altogether, four members of the Indian Navy team – Hari Om (19:04 hours), Cdr. Sunil (19:20), Lt. Amit (19:30) and Capt. Rajesh (19:33) – completed the 111km-race, the Navy’s first official participation as a team in an ultramarathon. With a team now in place, the Navy plans to participate in more ultra marathons.
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