A mini-marathon titled ‘RUN FOR NATION’ was organised by the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) on Sunday, January 24. The marathon started from Golibar Maidan, and at least 10,000 people participated in it. There were five different categories of the tournament – the open category of 5 km, under-16 of 3 km, under-12 of 2 km, for senior citizens 1.5 km and for physically disabled it was 1 km.
Dilip Kamble, minister of state (Social Justice) flagged off the race for senior citizens. Anil Shirole, MLA flagged off the race for physically challenged. The open category race was flagged off by Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, GOC-in-Chief, Southern Command. The race for under-16 (Boys) was flagged off by S Chokhalingam, Divisional Commissioner. Before the race, Lt Gen Rawat released tricolor balloons. A fleet of 60 pilots on motor cycles drove through the track in addition to 100 motorcycle pilots who escorted the races.
In addition to the participants, a large number of people gathered on the road along the race route to cheer for the participants. In men’s open, Mahesh Patel of Poona Athletic Club won the race and was followed by Dipak Yashwant of UJS Wagholi and Akshay Fatilg of Indian Army. In women’s open category, Kavita Rathod of Poona Athletic Club took the spoils and was trailed by Tejal Patil and Pooja Latombe.
In senior citizen men’s category, Amarjit Singh, Dr Aniz Padhye, G K Joseph took first, second and third spots respectively; in senior citizen women’s category, Prerna Shrinivasan, Meena Chelani and Lovy bagged wins. In the wheelchair event, Aniket Muley, Rohan Dhumal and Sagar Chandanshive won and in women’s wheelchair; Mehek Shaikh, Akanksha Mulik and Prachi Singh won the top three spots. The prize distribution was held at the office of Pune Cantonment Board.