Fun run with DHR

DARJEELING
21 May 2017

About 1,400 people were seen running along with the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway more popularly known as the toy train with the event also entering the India Book of Records which was earlier known as the Limca Book of Records.
Organized by the social organization the Darjeeling Rehabilitation Service Cooperative Society (DRSCS) in collaboration with the DHR the event “Fun Run with the DHR” which was held today started around 1: 30 in the afternoon from Ghoom station, the highest railway station in the country. The fun run ended at about an hour after, in the Darjeeling railway station here with some participants arriving much earlier than the steam engine that was pulling two coaches along with an open coach where cultural dances and programs were held the whole route through which measures about 8 km.
“The main aim of the entire event is not to run faster than the DHR train but through the program we are trying to make people participate and contribute in the conservation of the heritage train which is our asset. If the toy train is preserved then it is the local people that will stand to benefit from it as it is one of the major tourist attractions for which many people are dependent on,” said Abdulla Azmi, chairperson of  the DRSCS.
“We got a good response from the people with not only local people participating in it but also from Dooars area and tourists also running in the marathon. With this being the first such event where people are running along a train in the whole of Asia will also feature in the India Book of Record,” said Azmi maintaining that in today’s program an age group of about 10 years to 58 years participated.
The unique aspect of the fun run was also the costumes worn by some of the participants which included masks and cultural dresses.
Adding to that a DHR official without wanting to be named said, “This type of event will definitely promote the DHR which is already famous among the tourists. We will try and make it an annual event looking at the response we got today.”
A participant in the run, Dharyaraj Giri, who studies in Class 10 at Mt. Hermon School here said, “I wanted to take part in this event as this will go in history with people running along with the toy train.
Moreover, the whole event was an interesting one with the people running faster than the toy train. It reminded me of wanting to run faster than the train when I was smaller.”
Especially for the event today the speed of the toy train was kept below 10 km per hour.
The DHR was conferred with the heritage status by UNESCO in 1999 with Ghoom considered to be the highest railway station in the country standing at a height of 2258 meters.
Certificates to the participants were handed over at Chowrasta after the fun run was over.