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Get ready for city’s first ultramarathon

The city is gearing up for the first-ever ultramarathon this Sunday. Nearly 1,000 participants have already registered for five runs — which range from five km to 63.3km.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2011 01:26 IST
Leena Dhankhar

The city is gearing up for the first-ever ultramarathon this Sunday. Nearly 1,000 participants have already registered for five runs — which range from five km to 63.3km.

Organisers of the 63.3-km race are all set to make it a grand affair as 30 Autocall rickshaws bedecked with balloons will ply along the marathon route with cheering family members of the participants.

The bitter cold notwithstanding, residents of Gurgaon can look forward to a fun-filled Sunday morning as participants from all walks of life gather to take on the challenge.

Rahul Verghese, founder and CEO of Running and Living Infotainment, said, "We have received entries from villagers, CEOs, jawans, colonels, diplomats and six Kenyan athletes. Registrations in the age group of five to 70 years have come from cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Indore, Ambala, Hisar, Kolkata, Bangalore, Gaya, Jhansi, Patna, Dehradun and even Chicago. I am extremely proud to be associated with the event."

Dr Ashish Roy, India's 80-year-old marathon man, will also be present to cheer the crowd.

Bharti Arora, Gurgaon deputy commissioner of police (traffic), will flag off the event from Florence Club in Sector 57 at 6.30am which will head to the CRPF camp in Kadarpur and back.

Registrations are open till Saturday and all you need to do is fill up a form at Florence Club and undergo a medical check-up.