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For seniors, the run stands for fitness, independence

Nidhi Varma, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 21, 2013
First Published: 00:52 IST(21/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:53 IST(21/1/2013)

A severe backache did not stop Hansa Mehta, 65, from participating in the senior citizens’ 4km-run at the Mumbai marathon. Mehta made sure she popped painkillers just before she left for the venue early on Sunday morning for her fifth marathon.

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“The pain disappeared as soon as I reached the venue. Running a marathon is way to enjoy and celebrate life. I believe in living life to the fullest,” said Mehta.

Most senior citizens said their participation was a symbol of their fitness and independence.

“If Mumbai is worth living for something, then it’s just for this day,” said Niranjan Bhat, a 62-year-old from Bandra.

And while most exchanged a word or two with their counterparts, Mahdhukar Dhokte, 82, spoke to no one. On a year-long oath of silence, this was his fourth marathon.

“I like participating as it’s a good platform where different people come together. It’s also a chance meet people of the same age,” Dhokte wrote.


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