Citizen Saiful Islam Shanto kicked off his “64 District Walking Challenge 2022” from the Central Shaheed Minar at 10 a.m. on Friday, aiming to reach Narayanganj on the first day of the tour.
Taking up the challenge, Shanto will cover 64 districts, covering a total of 4,050 km in the next three months.
He will walk 50 km a day to reach the final destination of his tour in the country, the district of Cox’s Bazar, a press release said.
Shanto is doing this tour of the country with the help of Shwaroz Adventure and the supervision of the Hikers Society of Bangladesh.
During his march through 64 districts, he is determined to plant a tree in each district and highlight the importance of natural environment conservation among students from different educational institutions, the statement read. Press.
It will deliver awareness messages to citizens on the importance of donating blood to save lives, planting trees to save nature and using plastics wisely to protect the environment.
Shanto has a passion for walking. On December 16, 2021, he took part in a 71 km “Victory Day Walk” program on the Mymensingh highway to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Independence.
Besides celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he traveled 100 km in 24 hours on November 20, 2020, from Dhaka to Cumilla as part of an awareness program.
Earlier in 2020, Shanto started on August 12 in 16 districts, completing a 1000 km tour (Cumilla to Banglabandha) on foot in 40 days.
He also took on a hiking challenge in 2018, the “100 km Hill Challenge” on the steepest Bandarban-Alikadam track in the country.
Besides being an active member of the biggest running groups in the country, he led a 2,000 member group, the “Debidwar Runners” of Debidwar upazila.
Shanto earned his BSc in Geography and Environmental Science from National University.