New Delhi: In an attempt to promote the culture of running in India and to motivate our athletes for the upcoming Rio Olympics, NewsX and Pro Sportify is organising the ‘The Great India Run’.
The first multi-city ultra marathon will see 12 elite marathoners traversing through six states, 2 Indian landmarks and cover a distance of 1,480 kms from Delhi to Mumbai in 21 days. It’s going to be a world record attempt and we hope that the participant’s will break it.
The race will flag off at the Iconic India Gate, on July 17 at 6 am and conclude at Mumbai’s Gateway of India on August 6.
Backed by celebrities Milind Soman and Gul Panag, the nation is all set for a major event. The run focuses to aid the athletes competing at the upcoming RIO Olympics games.
With 12 Indian and International runners, 18 marathon runners from the world are coming to participate in this marathon.
This will be an attempt to set a new world record for the first time.
Around 2000 to 3000 people have already registered and are excited for the aiming world record marathon. Apart from the India Gate, there are two more venue where the event will simultaneously kick-off.
Excited about the event, former Olympian, Anju bobby George said, “The name itself sounds great, ‘The Great India Run,’ so we can motivate people.”
Attempting this world record Arun Bhardwaj said, “I have organised many multi-day races, many of them were international. One of the them was from Kargil to Kanyakumari, it didn’t get that famous, but ‘Delhi to Bombay,’ the name itself seems catchy.”
Marathon Runner, Melanie Delainey, said, “It’s very exciting, I have never been to India but it is a splendid way to explore the country. I am looking forward to see the country by running through.”
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 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.
On an average, the runners will be running 80 km a day and will most likely be starting at 6 am every morning.