Stage set for 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon 2023

Six international runners among 3547 participants

Shillong, Sep 25: Elijah Kipruto Kemei from Kenya is bubbling with enthusiasm for the Sohra International Half Marathon 2023. He still remembers the thrill of last year.

“I want to improve my performance and, ultimately, win the event. The course is fantastic, and the organizers have been excellent. The hospitality we’ve experienced here in Meghalaya has been outstanding,” said Kemei, who has already reached Shillong for the event. He is among the six international participants.


The 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon 2023, recognised by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), is all set to take place on September 30. Organised jointly by the Meghalaya Athletics Association and the Meghalaya State Olympic Association, in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, the event promises to be a thrilling experience for athletes and running enthusiasts alike.

The route, starting at the CP School in Sohra and winding through the picturesque path from Mawkdok to Sohra, allows runners to soak in the lush greenery and mesmerising waterfalls.

The Marathon boasts a total prize purse of Rs 11.7 lakh, making it not only a test of endurance but also an attractive prospect for enthusiastic runners looking to showcase their talent. At 3,547, the number of participants is impressive.

The event has various categories to cater to participants of all skill levels and ages like Elite Open 21K Run; Meghalayan Open 21K Run; Meghalayan Open 10K Run; 10K Run for people between 45-55 Years, and, veterans above 55 years.

Isawanda Laloo, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs, said, “The 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon 2023, apart from drawing athletes from different parts of the country and even the world, is set to be a catalyst for the growth of tourism and livelihood opportunities. Meghalaya is well-positioned for being a favoured international destination for sports and adventure tourism.”

On September 25, a comprehensive ground inspection of the entire route and logistical preparations for the 2nd Sohra International Half Marathon was conducted. This operation was overseen by a team of key individuals, including Laloo, John F Kharshiing, Working President of MSOA, and H Nayak, SDO of Sohra Civil Subdivision.

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