New Delhi: A beautiful Pink City morning greeted The Great India Run marathoners on day 6. The run was flagged at 7:10 am from Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Another 80 km and the runners are set for a ride through Rajasthan. The first pit stop of the day was at 23 km from Jaipur at the Ajmer highway. After breakfast the runners stopped at Kadodra for lunch.
It was blazing hot and the athletes wetted it out under the scorching sun. The runners ended their day after they reached Dantri.
Speaking about this amazing yet challenging run, Shweta Sharma, a TGIR runner, said that “It’s the determination and the will-power that is giving us the energy, as it was blazing hot and also on the 6th day of the run our energies were not like that of Day 1 of TGIR;, however we will finish strongly.”
Sports Editor at The Sunday Guardian Saji Chacko said, “Ultra-marathon is the toughest form of marathon. it’s not like 50 km run and then you get a break it’s day in and day out; it’s basically punishing yourself with so much pressure excreted on the limbs and lungs. Another challenging factor faced by these marathoners is of the climate, some places it’s dry and some places it’s humid. It is a form of running where the endurance is tested to the limit.”
Commenting on Day 6 of TGIR, Suneeta Godara, former Asian Marathon Champion, said, “Even though the city is beautiful but Rajasthan has pinching heat which is making the runners suffer. Since the runners have already covered 270 kms the challenge is getting tougher; however these are all the hazards of running.”
Showering light on the health conditions of the marathoners, former cricketer and coach, Anshuman Gaekwad, said, “It’s the mental health that matters more at this stage as this is only the 4th day; the runners still have 17 more days to go and there is a lot more heat and dryness which the runners have to go through.”
After the dream run which was flagged off at Delhi, another Dream run from Jaipur also saw a huge participation. Star athelete Krishna Poonia along with Yunus Khan and Manan Chaturvedi flagged off the event. Commenting about the run Poonia said, “TGIR is a great initiative to boost the morale of the Rio-bound atheletes.”