New Delhi: Aiming to change the perception about running in the country, NewsX and Pro Sportify is organising ‘The Great India Run’. The first multi-city ultra marathon will see 12 elite marathoners traversing through six states and cover a distance of 1,480 kms from Delhi to Mumbai in 21 days.
The event will be flagged off at the capital’s iconic India Gate on July 17th and conclude at Mumbai’s Gateway of India on August 6.
Conceptualised by ProSportify, which was behind the Pro Wrestling League, the event is backed by celebrity runner and former supermodel Milind Soman, who, at 50, successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon — one of the world’s most toughest races — in Zurich, and actor Gul Panag.
The cross-country run will witness 12 Indian and international runners set a new record for the fastest time, covering a distance of 1,480 kms. The inaugural edition of the run will see athletes Arun Bhardwaj, Mathias Jorgensen, Siddharth Choudhary, David Slotsgaard Bredo, Yuri Esperson, Lisa Stoddart, Meenal Sukhija, Satish Gujaran, Ranjana Deopa, Naresh Bharadwaj, Dinesh Heda and Joginder Chandna, participating.
In his late 40s, Arun is the most well-known among the Indian runners competing in the event. Bhardwaj, last April, finished the 250km ‘non-stop’ 40-hour run from New Delhi to Chandigarh, besides covering Kargil to Kanyakumari.
Apart from helping spread the message of health and fitness, the cross-country run will also aid our athletes as they compete at the Olympics. In a country that needs to get fit, ‘The Great India Run’ also serves as a clarion call to motivate people to take up running earnestly. This in turn, we hope, will cause a revolution to promote running, and inspire citizens helping eventually to support our countrymen at the Rio Olympics.
On an average, the runners will be running 80 km a day and will most likely be starting at 6 am every morning.