The District Olympic Association, Rupnagar in collaboration with District Administration Una, Hoshiarpur and Bilaspur, presents the 1st edition of Bhakra Nangal – Wheels and Strides. This event would set new standards in long-distance cycling and running, something that has never been witnessed before in this region. With a vision to spread the message of fitness and a healthy living lifestyle, the event is all set to take place in March 2019.
This event is organized by The District Olympic Association, Rupnagar. Formerly known as Ropar, the town of Rupnagar is said to have been founded by a Raja called Rokeshar, who ruled during the 11th century and named it after his son Rup Sen. The town is of considerable antiquity. Recent excavations and explorations conducted at Rupnagar indicate that the first civilized folk to settle here were the Harappans, who apparently reached the upper Satluj towards the close of third millennium B.C. District was carved out on 1st November 1966 at the of re-organization of the State. The District has rich historical and religious significance behind it. The district adjoins Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Fatehgarh Sahib Districts of Punjab. The district comprises 4 Tehsils, Rupnagar, Anandpur Sahib, Nangal and Chamkaur Sahib and includes 624 villages and 6 towns namely Rupnagar, Chamkaur Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Morinda, Kiratpur Sahib and Nangal. All the towns except Chamkaur sahib fall on Indian Railway Line. The Satluj river passes close (2 to 5 km) to the towns of Nangal, Rupnagar and Anandpur Sahib.