New Delhi: The India’s first multi-city marathon, the Great India Run kicked off on Sunday. It was the first day of the twenty-one day event which turned out to be as planned. The marathoners succeeded in covering a distance of 80 kms as planned, in order to complete the marathon in twenty-one days.
Amidst all the colours, vibrancy, and celebration, the celebrities also graced the event. Flagging off the carnival was Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, along with the Sports minister Vijay Goel and former Olympian Anju Bobby George.
Kiren Rijiju and Vijay Goel appreciated NewsX for its efforts in organizing such an event with the aim of changing the perception about running in the country.
Former Miss India and celebrity runner cheered and motivated the runners, “It’s a great honour to be hear and witness so many runners passionately turning up for something like this.”
The cross-country run will witness 18 Indian and international runners set a new record for the fastest time, covering a distance of 1,480 kms. On an average, the runners will be running 80 km a day and will most likely be starting at 6 am every morning.
18 ultra marathoners have taken the challenge who are now on their way to conquer the unprecedented peace. The run is said to play a big role in uniting countries all over the world.
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.