Hundreds take part in marathon to promote spinal cord injury research

  • Sat Singh, Hindustan Times, Rai (Sonepat)
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 10:54 IST

The Wings for Life World Run — a research based organisation — held a charity run in 32 countries, including at Rai of Sonepat district in India, on Sunday, for boosting the research work in the field of spinal cord injury.

Bronze medallist in London Olympics Yogeshwar Dutt, chess champion Tanya Sachdeva, ace badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa, Arjuna awardee and celebrated para-Olympic athlete Amit Sarhoa marked their presence to support the cause.

President of Haryana Olympic Association PV Rathi flagged off the Run at 3.30 pm. He was flanked by Rohtak range IGP Anil Kumar Rao and other dignitaries on the occasion.

The run was organised under the aegis of government of Haryana and the Haryana Olympic Association.

Police had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the marathon, which was scheduled to culminate at Karnal.

Talking to HT, Tanya Sachdev said that unlike other races, the participants would not have to chase till the finishing line, but they would have finishing line chasing them.

Elaborating on it, she said that as the race progresses the official catcher car accelerates (at determined intervals), eliminating competitors as it passes them, until there’s a single man and woman left running – who is then crowned as the global champion of the Wings for Life World Run.

Badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa said that it would be all about how far they run.

On how would it generate revenue, she said that there is an entry fee in all the 32 countries to be charged from participants which would be then donated for the cause of spinal cord injury research.

She said that the race would start at the same time all over the world like in India it started at 3.30pm, at the same time it was 10 am in London, 2 am in Los Angeles, 6 pm in Australia etc.

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