Half-marathon held in Komik, Asia’s highest village

Komik

A Half-marathon was held in Komik which is Asia’s highest village.

On 21st August 2018, Kaza administration in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti organised a half-marathon in Asia’s highest village, Komik. The aim of the marathon was to spread the message of cleanliness,

The event was part of the three-day Ladracha fair, which kicked off on August 17. The marathon was scheduled on August 19 but unfavourable weather conditions had forced the authorities to postpone it.

About the Half-Marathon:

  • 173 people took part in the half-marathon, of which 169 completed it.
  • In men’s category Sonam Takpa, a native of Demul, stood first by completing the 21.1-km distance in 1 hour 58 minutes, while Dorje Sandeep of Ladarcha village was the runner-up.
  • In women’s category Chherig Palzom of Kaza stood first and Padma Dngmo, a native of Demul, bagged the second position. The event was recorded to list it in the Asia book of records.
  • The half-marathon was organised at an altitude ranging from 4,530 m to 4,700 m above the sea level, from Komik to Demul village, to spread the message of cleanliness.
  • It was the first-ever half-marathon organised at such a high altitude.
  • The purpose of the event was to sensitise people to adopt hygienic lifestyle and keep their surroundings neat and clean.

About Komik Village:

Komik Village is the highest village in Asia and is located at a height of 18,000 feet above sea level. It is famous for Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery. It is believed that the monastery has ‘Matrey Buddha,’ or ‘the future Buddha,’ who looks after the well being of the people of Komik Village. It is also famous for being the highest motorable Buddhist monastery in the world, visited by bikers and travel enthusiast from all over the world.

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