Indian Air Force is conducting its first ever Inter Command Ultra Marathon Competition at Air Force Station Naliya from 14 Feb to 15 Feb 2020. The event is comprised of three categories covering a distance of 75 Kms, 100 Kms & 160 kms respectively. Participants from Air Headquarters, various Commands of IAF and Indian Coast Guard personnel are participating in the event.
The aim of this expedition is to promote awareness about armed forces and to bring about cohesiveness in the society by propagating the idea of ‘Ek Bharath Shreshtha Bharat’. Participation in such events creates an opportunity for air warriors to test their endurance and highlight the spirit of the IAF.
Participants need to finish 75 Kms in 12 hrs, 100 Kms in 24 hrs and 160 Kms in 36 hrs. The participants underwent rigorous and strenuous training to prepare for such a daunting endurance sport which challenges their physical and mental toughness.
Air Commodore EJ Anthony VSM, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Naliya flagged off the Ultra Marathon on 14 Feb 20 at 0600 hrs. The marathon started from Bharat Salt Factory at Jhakau and covered the picturesque terrain of Kutch. The air warriors from Naliya also ran along with participants for a few kilometres to boost their morale.
The 75 Kms run culminated in evening on the same day as participants ran with a “never die” attitude. 100 Kms & 160 Kms run will culminate at 0630 hrs and 1830 hrs respectively on 15 Feb 20.