Completing the toughest and also the longest stretch of the Snowman Calibration Run 2019 in 11hrs and 30mins, Sangay Wangchuk, a soldier was the first runner to reach the pit stop in Tshojo, Lunana, yesterday.
A yak herder from Sephu, Dorji Tshewang, came second completing the 68km run in 11 hours and 43 minutes. Tandin, a farmer from Rukubji completed the run in 11 hours and 50 minutes.
The seven runners started the second day of the calibration run from Rodophu yesterday, crossing Gangla Karchung pass (5,182 metres above sea level), the second-highest point of the five-day run.
Dorji Tshewang was the first one to reach Gangla Karchung pass. By the time the runners reached Woche, the first village in Lunana, Tandin took the lead to reach the base of the day-two final pass, Kechila (4,615m above sea level).
Sangay Wangchuk however, overtook Tandin as the runners entered the Lunana gewog centre. He maintained the lead as he finished first in the second day of the run.
The runners covered 66km in about six to seven hours on the first day of the run from Gasa.
Tomorrow the runners will cover another 59km before camping at Geche Wom whereby they would be crossing the highest point (5,470m above sea level) of the entire race.
The fourth night will be in Dhur Tshachu in Bumthang after covering 47km. The runners will cover 65km on the last day to reach Kurje.
Gearing up for the run, the seven runners comprising of soldiers from the Royal Bhutan Army, farmers, a government and a private employee, had undergone practice for about two months.
The calibration run is a test-run for the upcoming first snowman run which will take place on October 13 next year.