Pune: Major General Vikram D Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathalon Event (ITE), considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events, according to the army. Maj Gen Dogra is currently DG Resettlement.
Ironman Austria was held on July 1 in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and over 3,000 athletes participated in the event. He completed the Full Ironman at Klagenfurt in 14 hours and 21 minutes. The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of ‘Ironman’.
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. Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said, “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.”
Maj Gen Dogra is a Sword of Honour and Gold Medalist of the December 1981 batch of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla. He was commissioned in the Poona Horse (an armoured regiment) which he later went on to command. Apart from his staff and institutional tenure, he commanded an Armoured Brigade on the Western Front and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps.
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. He has also cycled from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, Sela Pass to Bumla Pass in the Northeast and from Akhnoor to Rajouri.
He has participated in several triathlons which include the Sprint category (500 metres swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running), the Olympic category (1,500 metres swimming, 40 km cycling, 10 km running), the Half Ironman and the Full Ironman.
“For the last one year he has been training after office hours and on weekends,” Col Anand added.