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Welcome to the 3rd Edition of The Mawkyrwat Ultra!!

Marathon Medals

The organizers of Mawkyrwat Ultra felt that it would be beneficial for the local economy to be given the task to produce locks as souvenirs. The MU finishers also would get something unique in being rewarded with something of value, which symbolizes tradition, and history of the place where they have to come to run in.

All runners who complete the distances of 100Km, 72Km and 45km at the Mawkyrwat Ultra will receive a Traditional Khasi Lock. Lock making is a dying art. By rewarding all finishers with this prize memento we are looking to revive lock making in Meghalaya.

What is unique about this craft is that it originated here in Meghalaya and the remaining locksmiths who will be making the finisher medals hail from Laitlyngkot a village on the Shillong – Pynursla highway. The Khasi lock is a very good example of “Upcycling” which is taking recycled materials and crafting them to something else that adds value to the wasted materials. For example, the latch is made from waste iron rods, the spring from old umbrella struts, the lock casing from scrap metal and keys from scrap metal and nails. In today’s markets, goods from China have flooded stores as economies of scale allow Chinese goods including locks to be sold at prices far below similar locally available goods. The demand for hand-made locks has since declined and the art of lock-making is dying with few craftsmen left to keep the skill alive. One such locksmith is Bah Dispi Kharbuli from Laitlyngkot village. Bah Dispi was introduced to the Mawkyrwat Ultra organizing committee by Bah Michael Syiem who has been trying to promote this art for sometime. Bah Dispi says he learnt the skill from his Uncle who had picked up his art from another family so he is a third generation locksmith. It is unknown where or when this craft originated however Bah Dispi estimates that this craft has been around from more than 100 years and has evolved over time with the advent of new tools and designs. Today there are only three families in Laitlyngkot who make these traditional handmade locks. The organizers of Mawkyrwat Ultra felt that it would be beneficial for the local economy to be given the task to produce locks as souvenirs. The MU finishers also would get something unique in being rewarded with something of value, which symbolizes tradition, and history of the place where they have to come to run in.