The department of Tourism, Kashmir and jammu, weekend programme recently organised a first-of-its-kind Srinagar Adventure Race within Valley.
Mahmood A Shah, Director Tourism, Kashmir, flagged off the race at 6 am at Water Sports Center at Nigeen, which saw the participation of 100 youngsters associated with many adventure sports associations around.
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The adventure race started with 500m of swimming at Nigeen Lake, accompanied by 15km of cycling from Nigeen Club to Zabarwan Park via Foreshore road, a kilometre of hiking from Zabarwan Park to Shankaracharya hill top and five kilometre of road running downhill from Shakracharya to the finishing line at Zabarwan Park.
Muzamil Hussain of JK Adventure Sports Club finished first while Suhaib ul Mehraj of Jammu and Kashmir Mountain Biking Club, Suhail Nisar of JK Adventure Sports Club, Nawab Moazum Khan of Jammu and Kashmir Hiking and Mountaineering Club, and Dr Amin Rishi of Kashmir and Jammu Mountain Biking Association bagged another four positions respectively.
Shah distributed certificates and prizes to the winners and the participants at Zabarwan Park.
While hailing the youth because of their active involvement in sports, Shah said the department is focused on providing facilities and right platform to the youth in every games.
Shah added that the neighborhood youth had plenty of talent however they needed the proper platform to hone their skills and showcase their talent.
“This event was just the start and we’ll organise more of such events and at a big scale, where the athletes shall need to cover more distance. This will provide them with the proper platform to get ready for international and national events,” said Director Tourism, Kashmir.
For the function, the department of tourism provided every facility including mountain bikes to many of the participants, and in addition trained them in swimming at Nigeen club of the function ahead.
The department trained over 500 sportspersons of most age ranges in swimming at Nigeen Club within the last couple of years.
The department provided free coaching with life-saving equipment like life vests in order that participants could learn swimming without taking any risks.
Shah also urged participants to deal with the water bodies and desist from littering disposables.
The athletics are area of the tourism department’s Valley Weekend programme comprising musical and cultural events held every Saturday evening accompanied by sports along with other tourism related activities on Sunday.