Major General VD Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathalon event, considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, in Austria, the Army has claimed.
The Ironman Triathlon comprises three consecutive events 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km marathon—all completed in a day without a break.
“He is the only serving army officer from the Indian Army to have done a full Ironman and the only General across the globe to have done so,” Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand said.
The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of ‘Ironman’.
Ironman Austria was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and over 3000 athletes participated in the event. He completed the Full Ironman at Klagenfurt in 14 hours and 21 minutes.
The Ironman Austria was held in Klagenfurt on July 1. More than 3000 athletes participated in the event. Maj Gen Dogra, who is currently posted as Director General Resettlement, was one of the participants.
“He has been an avid sportsman all his life. However, he started cycling about five years ago. He cycled from Leh to Chandigarh, a distance of 800 km, in 8 days,” said officers.
He has also cycled from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, Sela Pass to Bumla Pass in Arunachal Pradesh and from Akhnoor to Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. He has participated in several triathlons which include the Sprint category (500 metres swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running), the Olympic category (1500 metres swimming, 40 km cycling, 10 km running), the half Ironman and now the full Ironman.
What is Ironman World Championship?
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.
Most Ironman events have a limited time of 17 hours to complete the race. The race typically starts at 7:00 a.m.; the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours 20 minutes), the mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 p.m. (8 hours 10 minutes), and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hours 30 minutes). Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon within these time constraints is designated an Ironman. The name “Ironman Triathlon” is also associated with the original Ironman triathlon which is now the Ironman World Championship