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Bengal Runners finish in top 50 percentile at Hood to Coast Relay in USA

  • Md. Altafur Rahman
  • 27 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bengal Runners finish in top 50 percentile at Hood to Coast Relay in USA
Bangladeshi runners pose for photos after completing their 199-mile Hood to Coast Relay race at Oregon in the USA recently. – SUN PHOTO

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Bengal Runners, a Bangladeshi American 12-man team aged between 30 and 50, finished in the top 50 percentile in the recently-concluded 199-mile Hood to Coast Relay race held on August 27 and 28 at Oregon in the USA.

The relay race started from Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood and ended at Oregon coast seaside. Racers wore a simultaneous look of joy and relief on their faces as they made their way across the finish line at the beach.

The Lostboys, a 12-member team (six men and six women) from Brooklyn Track Club clinched first place in this prestigious relay run. The first Hood to Coast Relay took place on August 7, 1982. A total of 1100 teams participated in this race hailing from different parts of the world and only 867 teams crossed the finish line. Three Bangladeshi teams Bengal Runners, Bengal Tigers, and all women team Joyeeta took part in the relay race this year. All the Bangladeshi teams successfully crossed the finish line while Bengal Runners finished 378th position among all at a pace of 9 min per mile that put them in the top 50 percent among the 867 finishing teams.

“This is an outstanding achievement as we are not professional marathon runners. Even most of the team members are running for the first time. This is to set a stepping stone for our next generation of Bengali runners,” Jalal Uddin, captain of Bengal Runners, told The Daily Sun after completing the relay run over phone.

The event is known as the Mother of All Relays around the world because of the level of difficulties, stress and struggle runners need to undergo in this longest relay. In this race, each runner needs to run about 16-18 miles in 3 legs within 20 hours of time span. Each team has 8 to 12 runners and they complete the total 199 miles race in relay style.

Bengal Tigers is the first Bangladeshi team that participated in the Hood to Coast Relay in 2019. Two more teams Joyeeta and Bengal Runners joined the HTC 2021 by following their footsteps.