Over 15,000 people competed in seven races in the fourth edition of Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon on Sunday. Drones hovered over the runners to broadcast the races on Facebook live.
Participants included professionals from various corporate firms such as Tata Consultancy Services, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Uber, Medanta, Titan and Devyani International.
The half marathon was from Leisure Valley Park till Tau Devi Lal Stadium via Huda City Centre Metro station, Amity International School and Artemis Hospital.
Those participating in the 21-km run finished at Tau Devi Lal stadium and those running the 10-km race finished near Amity School. The five-km race finished at Huda City Centre Metro station
The event, which started at 5am and finished around midday, was organised by Amity University Gurgaon. It was supported by Hindustan Times as a media partner.
The half marathon attracted participants from across the world. Nayan Nitesh from Kozhikode, Kerala, ran the race to set a new personal record.
“I wanted to set a new personal record by finishing a half marathon within two hours. Despite overshooting the time by a few minutes, I am satisfied with my efforts and will look to take part in a full marathon next year,” Nitesh said.
Those participating in short-distance races also set new personal records. Saurabh Srivastava from Mumbai covered 10 kms in 75 minutes.
“I usually cover 10km in 90 minutes. However, in the last few months, I have followed a strict diet and exercise routine to get a better result. All these efforts bore fruit today (Sunday),” Srivastava said.
A contingent of 80 police personnel also took part in the race.
Over 300 police personnel were deployed for security and to ensure safe passage for
runners. The traffic police barricaded major junctions on the race route and diverted
Six ambulances, three fire brigades, 50 doctors, physiotherapists, nurses and sports injury experts were present at major junctions. The organisers had also arranged for refreshments at regular intervals.
Over 20 winners who finished in the top three positions were given cash awards ranging from ₹5,000 to ₹75,000 in the male and female categories.
A short-distance race for senior citizens and the differently abled was also organised.
The Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon had joined hands with many NGOs to address pressing social issues such as women empowerment, upliftment of underprivileged children and waste management. The event was a zero waste event and all waste was segregated as per the appropriate categories for efficient disposal, a spokesperson of the organisers said.
Kotak Mahindra Bank, Titan, Bisleri, Hit 95FM, Zebronics, Mariott, Medanta, Gurgaon police and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram were other partners of the event.
The founder president of Amity Education Group Dr Ashok Chauhan, chancellor of Amity University Dr Aseem Chauhan and Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar attended the event.