New Delhi: NewsX-Pro Sportify 'The Great India Run' entered into the 10th day, when the marathoners bid farewell to the state of Rajasthan and entered Gujarat. The marathoners started their day on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway and began their journey towards their destination - Gateway of India. The second leg of the run would kick start from Ahmedabad on Wednesday. By the end of the 10th day, the runners had completed 759 kms.
"I think it is a very good initiative and it is the very first time I am seeing such an event. They are generally marathons which are for a stretch of 50 kms or 200 kms but NewsX-Pro Sportify 'The Great India Run' is one of its own kinds. India needs a lot of motivation for Olympics and I think this is the right way to do this," said Rajesh Tomar, vice president, Asia Paralympic comittee
Saji Chacko, Sports Editor, The Sunday Guardian, said, “The athletes have been running 80kms on an average every day. Running 80 kms one day and then getting up on the next day and again doing the same thing again and again is tough. It is the sheer indomitable spirit of the athletes that keeps them going."
NewsX-Pro Sportify ‘The Great India Run’ is a cross-country run which is witnessing 18 Indian and many international runners participating in a bid to create a new record for the fastest time, covering a distance of 1,480 kms.
On an average, the runners have been running 80 km a day, starting from 6 am every morning.