This year on January 17-18, Travelers of Bangladesh took things to one-level further by organizing the first-ever 100 miles (161km) marathon at the Marine Drive road, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
An almost impossible task for the human body and mind -ultra marathons have become somewhat of a trend between runners of Bangladesh who have turned their attention to trails going beyond 26 miles (42km).
This year on January 17-18, Travelers of Bangladesh took things to one-level further by organizing the first-ever 100 miles (161km) marathon at the Marine Drive road, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
A total of 96 runners chose from various categories - 50km, 100km, and 100 miles challenge - with the organizers aiming to attract runners and walkers of all abilities.
ToB - a Facebook group and Escapade - an event management firm, together, organized this event with the aim of raising awareness on coastal pollution and healthy living.
The slogan titled for this event was - “Travel Responsibly”.
The wild and wonderful event was challenging for the runners as the two-way highway is always busy with vehicles rushing at full speed.
Cyclists and motorcyclists volunteered for the ultra marathon and performed a splendid job by patrolling around the runners on the highway throughout the 36-hour long event.
The runners set out at 6:13am on January 17 on a scenic route from Inani Beach to Teknaf and back.
Keeping the length of Marine Drive road in mind, circuit checkpoints were placed on 25km and 50km.
Among 96 participants, 10 runners took part in the 100km category and only four finished the course.
Six runners registered for the 100 miles course and only three of them could complete it.
Altogether, 75 runners successfully completed the course of 50km, 100km, and 100 miles category.
For the 100 miles category runners’ duration was as follows: M Mahfuzul Haq - 32 hours, ABM Siddiqul Abedin - 32 hours 12 minutes, and Manir Hosain - 34 hours 41 minutes.
In the 100km category, Rajesh Chakma finished in 16 hours 19 minutes, Sifat Fahmida Naosin in 16 hours 44 minutes, and Mohammad Tozammal Hossain in 21 hours 45 minutes.
For the 50km run KM Sazedul Islam took 5 hours 28 minutes, Arifur Rahman took 5 hours 37 minutes, Mishu Biswas took 5 hours 38 minutes to finish.
Organizers and volunteers did whatever it took to make sure that the runners did not face any complications on the track - they provided the runners with food, water, shelter when needed, medical aid, emergency assistance and most importantly, mental support.
The thrilling prospect of running; getting through that pain barrier; pushing beyond one’s limits - was nothing less than life experience for all the participants.