A Youngest Marathon Runner of Sikkim
Nirmal S Mangar
30 Oct, Gangtok : A Marathon Runner at the Age of 14, the youngest participant in 16,000 feet high altitude Run. Name Aashiv Subba, Age 14, Hailing from a Small Village Darap in West Sikkim who started running when he was just ten years old.
At the age of 12, he has already run in half marathon held in Kolkata.
He perhaps is also the youngest marathon runner to participate in the first ever High Altitude Kanchenjunga Marathon at an altitude of 16,400 feet.
A 42 km Marathon would be held on November 5 from Goechala to Yuksom in West Sikkim.
He is none other than a son of Marathon Man Amar Subba, a Limca Book of National Record Holder.
A Class IX student of Darap Senior Secondary School, Subba had an inclination towards running from childhood. “My father is also a runner. He held my hand and taught me to walk and eventually to run,” said Aashiv, giving the credit to Amar Subba, his father.
A visibly proud Amar said, ” Aashiv used to run a lot even when he was very young.He had accompanied me then to many Marathon.That is when I understood his caliber and started training him for marathons.”
At a young age of 14, Aashiv already has participated in many local competitions.
Describing his schedule of practicing, he said, “I wake up at 5 am every day and run for around 10km. My father accompanies me every day. I could hardly remember any day when my father did not come along with me. It is his determination to see me as a successful marathon runner that keeps me going.”
He too have other runner friends in the village who accompanies him.
He says hiking, trekking and playing football are some of his favourite hobbies
‘ I am happy that I am the youngest runner in the Kanchenjunga Marathon, I would give my best even if I don’t win the run, as I firmly believe more than winning the participation is more important’ he said.
A healthy and long diet plan is also essential for the marathon runner.
Aashiv takes milk, soya beans, fruits, Aalmonds and green vegetables on a daily basis, and gives the credit of his health to his mother Sushila Subba.
When asked what he aspires to become he said, ‘ I want to be known as Marathon boy of Sikkim like my father who is popular as Marathon man’
Photo: file photo of Aashiv Subba.