The Great India Run to culminate at Gateway of India

  • thestatesman.com

    August 3, 2016 | 06:03 PM
The Great India Run to culminate at Gateway of India

The Great India Run, India&’s first multicity marathon, will conclude its legendary journey from New Delhi to Mumbai with a closing ceremony at the Bombay Radio Club, Gateway of India, at 7:30 am on Thursday.

A half marathon starting from Agripada plane watching spot in Santacruz will be held as a part of the final leg of The Great India Run.

Both the runs will end at the Bombay Radio Club followed by the closing ceremony. 

The 15 ultra runners from The Great India Run will be seen proceeding towards Bombay Radio Club along with the participants on 21km half marathon. 

The closing ceremony will be graced with the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with celebrity runner Milind Soman who ran a stretch of 570 km from Ahmedabad to Mumbai for The Great India Run.  

Milind's 76-year-old mother, Usha Soman, also joined him during the final leg of the marathon. Wearing a saree, she ran barefoot with Soman for a bit.

The Great India Run that flagged off at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, in New Delhi on July 17 was aimed at spreading the message of fitness in India. 

Running from dawn to dusk every day, the runners suffered from adversities such as injuries and unfavourable weather over the 1,480 km ride. 

Little niggles and injuries, however, did not dampened the spirit of the runners participating in one of the largest runs undertaken in the country&’s history with most of them successfully ending the run. 

The contingent remains the same with runners being Arun Bhardwaj, David Bredo, Yuri Esperson, Siddharth Choudhary, Meenal Kotak, Ranjana Deopa, Sreekanth Reddi, Melanie Delainey, Dinesh Heda, Joginder Chandna, Pia Hansson, Sunil Sharma, Shweta Sharma, Kaushal Chauhan and Dhanaee Kumar.

From the get-go, a positive vibe followed the runners, starting off with the pit stops at Ghaziabad and Gurugram, where a large number of non-runners made their first foray into running with the 'Fun Runs'.

Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Silvassa also saw large participation at these runs. The entire feel was only magnified with the huge public response to the event.

The 15 ultra runners from The Great India Run will be seen proceeding towards Bombay Radio Club along with the participants on 21 km half marathon.