For the love of running, to prove a point and just for fun —hundreds of Delhiites turned up to be part of the fifth Airtel Delhi Half marathon on Sunday morning for a number of reasons.
Starting at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 6.30 in the morning, most participants loved the 21km race.
"The arrangements were very good. There were plenty of points for water and energy drinks. Exit points were well marked. It was a wonderful experience," said Dinesh Sharma, who is part of a running group in Dwarka.
Close to 32,000 people, including athletes and celebrities turned up for the half marathon.
"I ran because I have been running the 6km stretch for three years and I wanted to test myself and take my fitness to the next level. The experience was awesome and the race was well organised," said Raghav Verma, who works at a multinational firm in Noida.
Many participants, however, said that September-end was the wrong time to organise the run.
"It was very hot and humid, conditions that don't help running. The race should have been organised at its usual time, which is early November. The weather was certainly a dampner," said Jayati Khanna, who ran for 6km.
The maximum temperature on Sunday was recorded at 35.1 degree Celsius and the minimum was recorded at 22.4 degrees. The humidity oscillated between 93% and 33%.
"I have been getting calls from many of my fellow runners and they are complaining of cramps and weakness. Everyone present at the stadium in the morning was wondering if running today was the right decision," said Saurabh Singh, who is part of a running group in Rohini.
Many athletes, too, questioned the timing of the event.