Over 12,000 people run together at cross city marathon in New Delhi

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 06:30 hrs

More than 12,000 people ran together for a cause at a cross city marathon organised here today to promote social and mental health.

Scores of locals turned up to participate in the Mawana Sugars Indian Open Marathon, which began from the India Gate monument and crossed over several landmarks of Delhi before it ended.

The marathon saw a participation of activists, who ran for the cause of women safety, fitness enthusiasts, and participants from the army as well as the paramilitary forces.

The organiser of the marathon, Siddharth Sriram said that it is always satisfying when such events are held to promote a social cause.

"If one runs and is healthful and cheerful, and is socially concerned, then it is great. This year, more than 12,000 people are running. It is not a commercial marathon. There are women running for safety, there are children, there are handicapped people, there are military and police, and numerous ordinary citizens and corporate houses," he said.

"The whole of society is getting involved in being healthy and cheerful and happy. As that is the way Indians should be, the world should be," he added.

The marathon, one of the oldest in India, started in 1982 and is held under the aegis of the Athletic Federation of India (AFI), in which only Indian runners can participate.

An amount of Rupees 2,50,000 was decided as the winner's prize for both men and women. (ANI)

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