On October 21st 2012 more than 300 student teachers from Paro College of Education took part in an annual College Marathon.
The marathon was organized in three different categories single, groups and mixed. There were 105 boys and 88 girls who took part in single category, 40 mixed category (boys and girls), 56 boys and 48 girls in the group category.
The event was graced by Dean of Research and Industrial linkage, Dean of Academic Affairs, offtg. Dean of student affairs, faculty members and members of College Sports Committee.
Sonam Dhendup, one of the final year participants said, “It was really challenging to complete the race without practice, however, it was enjoyable and fun racing with the friends”
Dawa Eden, a second year student, said, “Winning in the mixed race is determined by the pace women can keep with the men. It was not easy keeping same speed with men.”
The modern Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier, Pheidippides, from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("Victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.
The events came to an end successfully with necessary assistance from the Royal Bhutan Police and the General Hospital of Paro.