Situation in Kashmir is not very encouraging and far from happy. As fellow countrymen we feel helpless at the situation. It does not matter whose fault it is. We are in a difficult situation and we need to find a way out.
One of the best solutions in such a situation is sports and through it, a people to people connect. So the Kargil Marathon is an opportunity to go see the place that we love to discuss everyday, everywhere.
Participants will reach Srinagar or Leh and from there they will reach by road to Kargil.
Let us run for Sarhad. Let us see the place where our soldiers fought and understand the tough challenges they face on a routine basis. Let us run the longest and fastest that we ever have and experience the hardship faced by our jawans! Let us run for the martyrs.
Sarhad, Pune has been working in these border areas since the 1980s and has adopted 150 children from Jammu-Kashmir including many Kargili boys and girls for their education. These students are living and studying in Pune at Sarhad. The race starts from this main town on the Kargil border and finishes at the same location. Participants can choose to Run / Walk 5Km, 10Km, Half Marathon or do a Tiger Hill Challenge of 120 Km. We hope the participants will run carrying an image of a fighter in their mind, remember them and their troubles and we hope this meditation will help ease your pain and also give you a new found respect for the people in this struggle. In a war no side is right or wrong it is just a struggle for survival. We hope the participants experience this struggle for survival!
Sarhad is a social, cultural and educational organization that has dedicated itself to a cause, which is bonding with the people of the strife-torn border regions. Starting with Punjab in the ‘80s under the name Vande Mataram, the organization spearheaded by Sanjay Nahar, evolved into Sarhad in the ‘90s when it began its work in Jammu & Kashmir.
Three decades after its inception, the organization is now a home away from home to orphaned and below poverty line children desirous of making a life of their own by staying away from the violence and destitution in their home state. More than 150 boys and girls from Jammu-Kashmir, about 20 from the Bodoland Territory Council and an equal number from Manipur from the Northeast India are studying in Sarhad, in the peaceful and safe environment of Pune, Maharashtra. Sarhad is taking care of the entire education, lodging and boarding on its own, without any government or foreign aid.
SEWAK is a nongovernmental Organization.
1. To provide education to the poor & marginalized.
2. Preservation of traditional values, arts & scripts.
3. Responding to rural needs.
4. Reaching out to remote & isolated areas.
5. Building capacity of villagers to deal with problems.
6. Influencing local Govt. policies.
7. Promoting culture & sports activities regularly.
8. Enhancing woman’s activities through empowerment.
9. Providing basic medical facilities in villages.
The organization also organizes cultural activities like dramas, skits & lectures etc to identify rural
talent. Since last many years also planning to organizing cultural programs under the rural youth
cultural exchange program scheme. These cultural programs help the youths of this backward
section to come closer with youths. The organization also organizes sports activates like volleyball
,cricket etc to identify rural talent .
Since last Fourteen years SEWAK is organizing Captain S. Kalia L.O.C Cup Memorial Cricket Tournament to pay Tribute to Kargil war Heroes in collaboration with army also the rural youth cultural exchange program are organized which help the youth of this backward blocks to come closer with youth form all over India and to generate the feeling of national integration and one ness.