Even as the Capital was engulfed in smog on a chilly Sunday morning, it did little to deter the enthusiasm of around 48,000 school children who took part in the Salwan cross country run, presented by Hindustan Times.
From an eight-year-old boy from Najafgarh to 18-year-old girls from some of Delhi's posh schools, and from visually impaired athletes to dyslexic runners, the plethora of participants gathered at the Army Equestrian Ground in Dhaula Kuan was indeed an overwhelming sight.
For Ruby Kashyap, a visually impaired student of SRSV Memorial Public School, the race was a reward for the hard work she put in all these years.She came second in her category (4.5km) and said she was excited about the prizes she would get - which include a Tablet.
The highlights of this year's race were the dope and age tests, which covered the top-25 finishers in each of the eight categories.
It would be interesting to see how the tests pan out as doping - intentional or accidental - and age-fudging are serious issues the sport is facing in India.