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Running 200 km for a cause

HE COVERED a long distance. Literally. Running all of 200 km in less than 48 hours. Logging some stretches in the scorching heat.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 12:23 IST

HE COVERED a long distance. Literally. Running all of 200 km in less than 48 hours. Logging some stretches in the scorching heat.

Driven by desire to make a mark in international marathon, 25-year-old Arvind Singh Rajput, set out on marathon practice run from Sagar for Bhopal on April 10. In between, he stopped at two places for rest – first in Begumganj and second in Raisen.

For this youth on mission, there was an added purpose – creating awareness about importance of education and integration. Talking to the journalists at Tatya Tope Stadium on Wednesday on completion of his run, he said it was his cherished goal to win the international marathon.

“My objective is to win first slot in the international marathon,” said Arvind. In January this year, he secured fifth place in the standard chartered half marathon organised in Mumbai.

As for his decision to run in this hot month of April, he said his coach Rajendra Singh Gaur motivated him to run. Says he,  “I come from small place. My coach asked him to run 70 km daily for a month.

Arvind, who hails from Kandhari village in Sagar district is pursuing his masters from Banda, which is 35 km away from Sagar. My coach asked me to run daily  from Banda to Sagar and back to home,” he said. 

Sharing his experience, Arvind said, when he would run 70 km in this weather, people would call him mad. “But I was determined to achieve my target,” said Arvind. But this is just the beginning and  he has to work harder to get first place in the international marathon, to be organised later this year. 

When he reached the stadium, Director Sports Sanjay Chaudhary, Collector Sanjay Shukla, NITTTR Chairman Mahendra Singh Chauhan, Mayor Sunil Sood and BMC Sports Co-ordinator Mahira Salamuddin were there.