Prittle Prattle News in conversation with Yuvraj Padole, the deputy director of the MP Tourism Board
As the Deputy Director of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and the organizer of the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon, could you provide us with an overview of the event? What makes this marathon unique and attractive to participants from all over the country?
This event is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board to promote wellness tourism and provide participants with an extraordinary experience at the “Queen of Satpura,” one of the most visited tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh. The marathon offers various categories and age groups, ranging from regular marathons to adventure sports. One of the unique aspects of this marathon is the timing, as it takes place during the monsoon months when Pachmarhi showcases its most scenic beauty. This combination of wellness, adventure, and natural splendor attracts participants from all over the country.
This year marks the fifth edition of the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon. How has the event grown and evolved since its inception? What goals did you set initially, and how have you exceeded those expectations?
Since its inception, the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon has experienced significant growth and evolution as it enters its fifth edition this year. The number of participants has consistently increased each year, attracting athletes from all corners of the country. Initially, the event aimed to bring together athletes from Madhya Pradesh on an annual basis, but due to the strong response and competitive nature of the marathon, it has evolved into a prominent event and established itself as a strong product of Madhya Pradesh. The event has exceeded expectations by fostering widespread participation and becoming a major attraction for athletes nationwide.
Registration for the marathon is already underway, with a limit of 1000 participants. Could you explain the reasoning behind capping the number of participants? What measures are being taken to ensure optimal facilities and infrastructure for all participants?
Registrations are now closed, and for this edition of the marathon, there were 1350 participants, which is the highest number in any previous edition. The reasoning behind capping the number of participants is primarily due to the unique nature of Pachmarhi as a destination. Pachmarhi is a relatively untapped and unexplored tourist destination, and continuous efforts are being made to maintain its non-commercialized appeal. Additionally, Pachmarhi has limited accommodation capacity, which necessitates allowing only a selected number of registrations to ensure optimal facilities and infrastructure for all participants.
The marathon offers four different categories, including the newly introduced 42-kilometer full marathon category. What has been the response to this category since its introduction last year? How does it add to the overall excitement and challenge of the event?
The response to the newly introduced 42-kilometer full marathon category since its introduction last year has been overwhelmingly positive. It has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most competitive and physically challenging marathons in India. The hilly terrain of Pachmarhi adds an extra layer of excitement and challenge for participants. Athletes from all over the country eagerly anticipate the opportunity to test their mettle in such demanding conditions. The introduction of this category has heightened the overall excitement of the event, attracting athletes who seek a formidable challenge and wish to push their limits. The terrific response from participants reflects the enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding this category of the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon.
How does the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon contribute to tourism and employment opportunities within the region? What impact does the event have on the local community and economy?
The Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon makes significant contributions to tourism and employment opportunities within the region, while also having a positive impact on the local community and economy.
- Promotion of the destination: Pachmarhi is already a well-known destination within Madhya Pradesh. However, with the arrival of participants and tourists from different states for the marathon, the event serves as a key factor in promoting Pachmarhi further. The marathon showcases the scenic beauty and unique offerings of the region, attracting visitors who may not have considered it previously. This increased visibility and exposure contribute to the growth of tourism in the area.
- Boosting the local economy: The influx of participants and tourists during the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon has a direct impact on the local economy. It stimulates various sectors, such as hospitality, accommodation, transportation, food services, and retail. Local businesses benefit from the increased demand, leading to job creation and income generation for the local community. The marathon acts as a catalyst for economic growth, supporting small businesses and encouraging investment in the tourism industry.