GHAZIABAD: With an aim to promote health and cleanliness, a half marathon was organised in Vasundhara on Sunday by the residents. The event, ‘Run To Breathe’, witnessed participation of over 500 residents from in and around the city.
Wrestling coach and Arjuna and Dronacharya awardee Satpal Singh along with former hockey player and Arjuna awardee Zafar Iqbal were the chief guests at the event .
“I am overwhelmed with the enthusiasm that the people of Ghaziabad have shown. I believe that in order to lead a happy and healthy life, one must run every day,” said Singh.
The event was organised by the two cleanliness initiatives of Vasundhara — Safai Muhim and Safai Express, along with NGO Royon Samajik Sansthan and Sparsh Society of doctors of Indian Medical Association (IMA) (west Ghaziabad). The half marathon was flagged off by city mayor Ashu Verma.
This was the second such event held in Vasundhara and the organisers plan to make it an annual event for the residents.
The route opened from the commercial open ground in Sector 13 and covered Atal Chowk in Sector 15, the internal roads of sector 17 and closed at Atal Chowk after crossing Agrasen Chowk in Sector 19.
The event started at 7.30 am and the number of supporters swelled to 1,000. There were 120 volunteers deployed to ensure a smooth run.
“We had taken permission from the administration to block the Maharaja Agrasain Road in Vasundhara from 7.30am till 11am and wrapped up by that time. Volunteers regulated and diverted the traffic during the event,” said Abha Rai, one of the organisers.
Students from JKG School, Indirapuram and Cambridge School Indirapuram aged 10 and above and underprivileged children from NGO Bhakt Bharat also participated in the event.
“The idea was to sensitise public about cleanliness, road safety and health. Doctors, professionals and experts from different fields participated in large number with enthusiasm,” said Dr Sachin Bhargava, a member of IMA.