Nainital, one of India’s most quaint hill stations hosted the seventh edition of the prestigious Namah Nainital Mountain Monsoon Marathon (NNM3), an event that saw massive participation both from national and international level runners.
The event was attended by many dignitaries- Deepak Rawat (IAS) DM Nainital. Ms Poonam Chand Deputy Director Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Sarita Arya MLA Nainita, P S Negi Sr Divisional Manager, LIC, Ashok Shah Retd Zonal Manager LIC, Hemant Pandey Bollywood Actor.
The race started from Mallital Pant Park and was flagged by Bollywood actor Hemant Pandey. The Men’s Open Category had more than 150 participants negotiating a distance of 21kms. Other categories were 10 km Women Category, Junior& Senior boys and Girls category and Veterans. The winners were awarded prize money of more than 2.5 lakhs. There was also Run for Fun for children.
The winner in the Man open category for 21 km was Mr Pramod Patni of Pitthoragarh, Second position was bagged by Puran Singh Dhami and the third prize winner was Chandan Digari. In Nainital Open Category, Dinesh Bisht came first, Vinay Kumar got second position and Rahul Dhikari bagged third position.
In Women’s Category, Arpita Saini came first, Ruby Kashyap stood second followed by Parvati. In Veterens Category, Jagdish Ram stood first followed by Stephen and Ravindra Rajput, on second and third position respectively.
In senior boys category Deepak Singh stood first, followed by Saurabh Badhani and Pawan Kathiyat. In Girls category Gunjan Sanwal stood first, followed by Priyanka Budhlakoti and Banu Priya Bisht. In Juniors Boys Category Aman Kumar stood first, Ajay Pratap second and Vijay Singh Third. In junior female category Mahi Rawat stood first, Charu was second and Udita Rawat came third. The total prize money distributed was INR 2,67,000/-.
The NNM3 was sponsored by Namah, a premium luxury brand of DS Hospitality, while Uttarakhand Tourism Department, were the prize sponsors. Mr Manish Kumar, General Manager (Marketing & Sales), Namah stated, “We want to promote this as a part of Itinerary of travellers ,who are visiting Nainital. In present time, when India is looking to develop sports culture, such initiative will go a long way, in ensuring this objective. Our Olympic medal dreams can be fuelled by popularity and participation of the budding youngsters in event such as this. I think this is an opportunity for meaningful and creative activation.”
The main idea of the event was to promote Uttrakhand tourism during monsoons and as is evident from the vignettes of Nainital, the verdant hills adorned by diaphanous clouds and spectacular rains looked simply irresistible.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh