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Mumbai marathon to raise money to fight terror

The ?Maha Marathon ?06? in which 30 lakh are participating, aims to salute the spirit of Maharashtra, reports Jyoti Shelar.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 21:57 IST

After the much acclaimed Standard Chartered Marathon in Mumbai, people from all over Maharashtra will now get a chance to participate in the one of the biggest marathon’s spread over entire state this December.

Organised by the Maha Marathon Organising Committee and Maharashtra Olympic Association, the funds raised from this marathon would be utilized to fight terror and create a support system in sensitive areas of the state.

“After receiving tremendous response for the Thane Marathon, we begun toying with the idea for a marathon event for the entire state”, said Satish Pradhan, President, Maha Marathon Organising Committee.

Pradhan, who has been associated with the Thane Marathon for the past 17 years, was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday at the Y B Chavan Centre to announce the marathon.

Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil, former national men’s table tennis champion Kamlesh Mehta and former Indian cricket captain and manager Ajit Wadekar were also present for the conference.

“This will be an ideal event to portray the unity amongst the people in Maharashtra who have always bounced back despite of facing severe atrocities from the terrorists”, said Patil.

The Maha Marathon was earlier scheduled in August last year but was postponed due to the deluge. The Maha Marathon will be spread across over 262 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik and the Konkan region. To be held on December 17, all the races will be flagged of at the same time in the state.

Email Jyoti Shelar: jyoti.shelar@hindustantimes.com