It was a marriage with a difference a 31-year-old groom from Kota. When bridegrooms normally remain confined to wedding venues on the day of their marriage, Anant Triwedi, a fitness buff, did not follow the practice. He ran a half-marathon in Jaipur on Sunday, travelled 250km in a car to Kota, and then reached the marriage venue in a bicycle procession – all for creating awareness about fitness and environment conservation.
Triwedi, a member of Cyclotrots, a cycling and runners’ club in Kota, completed the 21-km half-marathon in Jaipur on Sunday morning in nearly two hours. His bride, Kavita Batra, a Bangalore-based Infosys employee who hails from Rohtak in Haryana, garlanded him on his success.
After reaching Kota in the afternoon, Anant, with around two dozen friends, took out his marriage procession on bicycles from his residence in the Saraswati area of Kota city to Nagaji ka Bagh, nearly 5 km away, through Antaghar, Kotri and Seven Wonders Park road. The marriage was solemnised at a simple ceremony.
Ask Triwedi, who runs a business of FMCG products in Kota, why he chose to take part in a half-marathon on his wedding day, and he replies, “What is better than starting your best day of the life (wedding day) pursuing your loved activity of running and cycling. So, I deliberately decided to join half-marathon and carried out wedding procession on a bicycle.” he said. “Otherwise also, for my personal works and travellling short distances, I use bicycle,” he added.
Earlier, he undertook a 2,300-km-long cycling expedition with a few friends from Bengaluru to Kota from November 20 to 28 to generate funds for an NGO that worked for specially abled people, and generated around ₹1.7 lakh.
Cyclists in Triwedi’s wedding procession included doctors, professors and students. They are effusive in their praise for Triwedi. Rajesh Sharma, a member of his club, said, “Vehicular pollution is a major problem, while health ailments are also increasing in society due to lack of physical work. So, the wedding procession on cycles by Anant will give a message to society for using bicycles to stay healthy and curb pollution.”
Dr Saket Goyal, a leading cardiologist of Kota and also the club member, said bicycle riding is a good knee exercise. Professor Rohitashwa Shringi of Rajasthan Technical University, Kota, also appreciated Triwedi for his effort.
Triwedi, who has six members in his family including his parents, elder brother and two sisters, said he developed the passion in 2011 to reduce his bodyweight.