Tribal half marathon runner mistakenly runs full marathon, completes it

Dec 04, 2017, 08:44 IST | Subodh Mayure

Tribal runner Narayan Pawara wins Singapore Under-19 10-km run; fellow runner Somnath Pawara collapses once before completing the full marathon that he entered by mistake

Running abroad for the first time was always going to be a unique experience for Somnath Pawara. But for the tribal runner from Shirpur Taluka of Dhule district in Maharashtra, it turned out to be more than what he prepared for. Somnath, 19, participated in the 21-km Singapore half marathon yesterday, but accidentally joined the runners of the full marathon and ended up finishing the 42-km race.

Somnath Pawara after finishing the Singapore full marathon yesterday. He started in the half marathon
Somnath Pawara after finishing the Singapore full marathon yesterday. He started in the half marathon

It all started well for the tribal runner, who tried to match his speed with fellow runners from Kenya and other countries in the half marathon. Then the unexpected happened - he changed lanes. "I did not read the signboard properly and accidentally entered the full marathon lane. I found it very tough as I had never been part of a 42 km race. Though I lost a chance to excel in the half marathon, I was delighted with my performance in the full race. After all, I completed this gruelling event," Somnath told mid-day from Singapore yesterday.

While running bare-footed in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon last August, Somnath completed the 10km race in seventh place with a timing of 34 mins, 30 secs. Yesterday, he completed his first full marathon with a timing of 3:56:03. All tribal runners wore shoes for this event. "It was hard on him and he collapsed after 22 kms. He was taken to the medical center where he was revived. He was determined to complete the race, so he got up without wasting time," said Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (SVKM-NMIMS) vice-chairman Navin Shetty from Singapore, who sponsored this tribal runner.

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Somnath Pawara
Somnath Pawara

Narayan emerges champ in U-19 10km race
Tribal runner Narayan Pawara ended up winning the Singapore U-19 10km run with a timing of 35 mins, two secs yesterday. Narayan came sixth in the 10km Open category. Meanwhile, Jagan Pawara (no relation to Narayan) came second in the same category with a timing of 38 mins, 12 secs. Running barefoot in the 10 km event of the IDBI Mumbai Half Marathon last August, Narayan had registered a timing of 34 mins. This time, in Singapore, he wore shoes. In the women's U-19 10 km race, Chetana Patel and Ashwini Chaudhari finished fifth and sixth with timings of 51 mins, 12 secs and 52 mins, 13 secs respectively.

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