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Marathon tribute to 26/11 heroes

After Mumbai, now Nagpur would run for peace at an International marathon. The event would take place on January 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also international day for non- violence, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2009 00:55 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

After Mumbai, now Nagpur would run for peace at an International marathon.

The event would take place on January 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also international day for non- violence.

The Union Minister of State for Renewal Energy, Vilasrao Muttemwar said over 30 international athletes along with 100 top Indian challengers and over 40,000 people from Nagpur would participate in the event. “We run for culture of peace and non-violence. Moreover, the international marathon would pay the tribute of those heroes who lost their lives in 26/11 attack in Mumbai,” Muttemwar said.

Ace long distance runners from countries, like Russia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Denmark and Nepal have been invited to participate in the marathon.

A full marathon (43 km) for men and half marathon for women (21 km) will take place. The winner of men’s marathon will get Rs 2.5 lakh, the first and second runner up will get Rs 2.25 and Rs 2 lakh. Whereas winner of women’s marathon will get Rs.1.5 lakh, Muttemwar informed.

A celebrity run of 1.5 km would see Indian Olympic Association president, Suresh Kalmadi and India’s first Olympic gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra, among others. There would also be the wheelchair race for the differently-abled.