PUNE RUNNING, a non-profit organisation promoting health and fitness, will be hosting its fourth annual charity walk and marathon on October 16. The event titled ‘Pune Running Beyond Myself 2016’ is open to all age groups.
The event proceeds will go to four charities- Muskaan, Shishuadar, Greensole, and the India Sponsorship Committee-to support child safety, female empowerment and environmentalism. The event will feature five races – 42km, 21km, 10km, 5km and 3km. The 42km-race will start at Shaniwar Wada at 5.30 am and pass through the city’s main roadways before concluding at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex (Balewadi Stadium), where the other four races will begin and end later that morning.
The three longer races will offer cash prizes. Around 10,000 runners have already registered for the event. “We are seeing so many lifestyle diseases. It’s important to get out and be active. We want to give new runners a taste of what running is all about,” said Nik Hil, a Pune Running member and marathon organiser.
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Fresh from Rio, four Olympic marathoners — Sanjit Luwang, Govind Singh, Bharam Prahash, and Ranjan Singh — will be taking part. The athletes will be joined by their coach, Sub Mahan Chandra. Cancer survivor Manisha Doiphok, a longtime Pune Running participant, plans to run the 3km race with her two children. After undergoing eight weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation, Doiphok is not ready to tackle a full marathon. Instead, Doiphok has spent the last three months training 50 new runners, who will cross the 21km finish line in her place.