Buoyed by last years success at the Leh Ultra Marathon 2016, this year a few more of the Navy’s finest set their mind to accomplish what mere mortals cannot even dream of. To run 111km is no mean feat, but to run 111 km in one of the most inhospitable and physically grueling conditions in the world needs perseverance, unflinching dedication and a drive to conquer all odds. This challenge was accepted and overcome by the following heroes who once again proved that “If you set high standards for yourself, then nothing is impossible”.
LT MRITYUNJAY KUMAR
Mritunjay was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 Jan 2013. He is an alumnus of the prestigious National defence academy, Pune from where he passed out in Nov 2011. He is an avid runner since Academy days. His trust with endurance runs began in 2016 where he led a team of four in the first ever international adventure race (consisting of running cycling and rafting over a distance of 359 km)held at Leh in Sep 2016.The team stood first amongst all Indian teams and was overall third among 15 participating teams which included five foreign teams and other units like special frontier forces and ITBP . He was also part of the team that was selected to represent India at the Africa expedition 2017. Mrityunjay Kumar participated in the gruelling 111 km La ultra marathon at Leh in Aug 2017. He completed the race in 19 hrs and 25 min and overall finished ninth.
LT CDR SUMAN KUMAR MISHRA
Lt Cdr Suman Kumar Mishra, an electrical engineer by profession found his passion for running recently. A good athlete from his younger days, he has in a short span, taken giant leaps in becoming a seasoned ultra marathon runner. He has to his credit run the Run of Kutch 2017, Garhwal Run 2017, 12 hours continuous Mumbai and Hyderabad Stadium runs. He fulfilled his dream of competing and successfully completing the 111 km Leh Ultra Marathon this year in a timing of 18 hrs and 51 min. Ask him plans for the future and he says that he has already started preparing for the 222 km ultra next year.!!!!
AMAR KUMAR , Petty Officer Engineering Mechanic
Amar Kumar, a Petty Officer in the engineering cadre of the Indian Navy is a submariner and certified deep sea diver. Has been running long distance for the past 10 years. He has participated in innumerable full marathons till date. His first major ultra was the Run of Kutch (100 km) where he finished with a timing of 16 hrs and 31 min. He then competed and successfully participated in the Leh 111 km Ultra Marathon 2017 with a timing of of 19 hrs and 48 min. A powerhouse of josh, he aims to spread awareness about ultra running and inspire many more in the navy to join this elite club.
Lt Cdr Abhinav Jha
Lieutenant Commander Abhinav Jha is a Marine Commando and Clearance Diver officer and is currently serving as an Diving Instructor. The officer started ultra running with the 100 km “Run of Kutch” ultramarathon in Feb 17 where he finished in 3rd position with a timing of 16 hrs and 03 minutes. Thereafter he volunteered for the 111 km La ultra run at Leh. His training for the event included running, cycling and strength training in gym. His dedication paid off as he finished the ultramarathon in 4th position with a timing of 15 hrs and 50 min. He is currently preparing for the 161 km Trail Ultramarathon “Run the Rann” at Dholavira, Gujarat scheduled in Feb 18.”