Veterans Race – Boomers for Climate Action
On June 4, 2022, coinciding with the joyous occasion of the 32nd Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, the Snowman Race Secretariat organized a trail run called the Veterans Race, with the theme “Boomers for Climate Action” in a lead up to the inaugural Snowman Race.
The 12.5KM trail run was flagged off by Goen-zhu Neten Lam Sangay Tshering from Taba (below Wangchuk Hotel) which goes to Tandin Nye Lhakhang car parking. A total of 37 runners (all aged 55 years and above) have taken part in this event to raise awareness about climate change and generate climate actions. The race was conducted under two categories: 1) Veterans (55 to 60 years old) and 2) Master Veterans (61 and above).
Mr. John Yarington won the Veterans Category by completing the race in 1hr:25mins:59secs followed by Brig. Pema Dorji (1hr:37mins:35secs) took the second position and Mr. Janga Bahadur Rai the third place by completing the race in (1hr:37mins:37secs). Under the Female Veterans category, Mrs. Kelzang Lhaden took the first prize by completing the race in 2hr:06mins:42secs, and the second position was awarded to Mrs. Jit Maya Gurung for covering the trail in 2hr:45mins:08secs.
Mr. Nim Gyeltshen came first in the Masters category by touching the finishing line in 1hr:34mins:55secs. The second prize was awarded to Mr.Uwe Draeger for completing the race in 1hr:46mins:11secs, followed by Col.Towpow Drukpa (1hr:51mins:48secs) taking the third position.
All the runners have completed the race safely without any injuries or accidents and as a part of the special occasion of Her Majesty’s Birthday, His Excellency Goongloen Gongma (Lt General) Batoo Tshering graced the post-event cake cutting and award ceremony.
The Snowman Race would like to thank all its national and international partners for making this event a success. We would also like to thank 1) Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital and 2) Department of Medical Service, MOH for providing the medical services, 3) Department of Forest and Park Services, MOAF for renovating the trail for the race, and 4) De-suung – Guardians of Peace for releasing the volunteers to man the stations. As a result of this event, it has helped the Snowman Race community expand, thus bringing together many climate ambassadors in mobilizing efforts toward generating climate action, in an individual capacity and as a community.
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