Major General VD Dogra became the first serving Indian Army officer and the only General across the world to have completed a grueling ‘Ironman’ competition held in Austria on 01 July 2018.
The Ironman is an international triathlon consisting of three consecutive events- 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km of running (a full marathonNSE 0.29 %). It is considered the toughest one-day sporting event in the world. The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of ‘Ironman’.
Maj Gen Dogra completed the event in 14 hours and 21 minutes. “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,” said army officers privy to the matter. 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.
The General has been a Sword of Honour and Gold Medalist of the December 1981 batch. He was commissioned in the Poona Horse (an armored regiment), which he later commanded. He has also commanded an Armoured Brigade on the western front with Pakistan and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps.