Corporate professionals in city run for a cause

Nearly 1,500 corporate professionals from different companies in the ‘Fit4life corporate challenge’.

Pune | Published: November 19, 2013 4:18:58 am

Sharp at 6 am on a chilly Sunday morning,Hinjewadi phase 3 was abuzz with activity. Nearly 1,500 corporate professionals from different companies across the city braved the chill in the air to participate in the ‘Fit4life corporate challenge’ organised by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),an IT services,consulting and business solutions firm.

“The idea was to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle among the professionals and to promote fitness habits among their families and friends,” said Shenoj Balaraman,regional HR head,TCS,adding that they were overwhelmed by the response. The highest registration of 270 was received by Tata Motors. The highest number of woman participants — 32 — was also from Tata Motors.

“We encouraged all our employees to participate in the event. What was most touching was to see people young at heart not only participating but also completing the entire 8-km run,” said V Suresh,HR head of Tata Motors Limited.

The participants gathered at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) helipad were not identified by their office ID cards but by their Fit4life T-shirts,sling bags and waist pouches. Major General,General Staff (MGGS),of Southern Command Ravindranath Soni was the chief guest on the occasion. The event was flagged off at 6.45 am and the participants were directed about the route — from Phase 3 MIDC helipad to Phase 2 roundabout and back.

There was also a noble cause attached to this mega event. The contributions received from TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge will benefit the CIPLA,the charity partner of this run. CIPLA runs a palliative cancer care unit and extends its support to patients in the advanced stages of the disease. Speaking on the occasion,CIPLA foundation director Dr Priyadarshani Kulkarni made the participants aware about the palliative care unit and urged them to get involved in the noble cause.

The participants were given a Fit4life participation medal on completing the mini-marathon. The winners were presented with cheques and they had an option to donate the amount to NGOs of their choice.

The winner in the men’s category was Swedish national Richard Asplunt from SunGard who reached the finishing line in 32 minutes,11 seconds,while Aparna Choudhary,also from SunGard,was the first among females to complete the race.

“I want to support the cause for girls’ education in the city,” said Choudhary who completed the race in 44 minutes,winning a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

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