Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the third edition of the annual Sabarmati Marathon in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
The event was first introduced by the Modi-led state government in 2010, and since then, it is being organised every year.
Modi flagged off the marathon at about 6.30 a.m. and thanked the audiences and participants. He made a special mention about the youth for making the event a success.
"This event has been a success because the youth of Ahmedabad decided to make it a success. If the youth had not decided to make it a success, then this marathon could never have been a success story," said Modi.
Apart from locals, many runners hailing from Ethiopia participated in the event with enthusiasm.
"Many of the world's leading runners and athletes wait impatiently as to when they can come to Gujarat and run. This time also, many runners and athletes from various countries of the world have come to participate in this marathon. I welcome them all to this event," added Modi.
The Sabarmati Marathon carries a prize money of Rs.7 million.
According to sources, the registrations for the marathon this year were more as compared to the previous two editions.
Throughout the three editions, the route of the marathon has been strategically placed in order to highlight the places depicting the development and heritage of the city.
The first edition saw runners passing through some of the old and historic monuments of the city, while the second edition passed through the S. G. Highway route, which was then newly constructed.
This year, the marathon passed through the city's S. P. Ring Road area where currently major development is taking place. (ANI)