For seniors, the run stands for fitness, independence

A severe backache did not stop Hansa Mehta, 65, from participating in the senior citizens’ 4km-run at the Mumbai marathon. Mehta made sure she popped painkillers just before she left for the venue early on Sunday morning for her fifth marathon.

“The pain disappeared as soon as I reached the venue. Running a marathon is way to enjoy and celebrate life. I believe in living life to the fullest,” said Mehta.

Most senior citizens said their participation was a symbol of their fitness and independence.

“If Mumbai is worth living for something, then it’s just for this day,” said Niranjan Bhat, a 62-year-old from Bandra.

And while most exchanged a word or two with their counterparts, Mahdhukar Dhokte, 82, spoke to no one. On a year-long oath of silence, this was his fourth marathon.

“I like participating as it’s a good platform where different people come together. It’s also a chance meet people of the same age,” Dhokte wrote.

 

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