Nearly 2,000 residents defied the Sunday morning chill and took part in a mini-marathon at the sports stadium in SAS Nagar to promote the cause for a clean and green tricity.
The event, held at the Sector 78 stadium, was organised in three categories- below 16 years, opens for all and above 45 years.
“It’s Sunday and chilling cold but we have come here to participate in the marathon only because it’s for a good cause, ”said an SAS Nagar couple, Neetu and Sanjay Sharma, who ran in the above 45 years category.
For each category, the race had a different length. While athletes had to run five kilometres to finish the race in the open category, children below 16 years had to run 1.6km, and above 45 years had to run for 3.5km.
The first prize winners were given Rs 10,000, while second and third prize winners got the cash prizes of Rs 5,000 and Rs 3,000, respectively.
“It’s great to see how, in a matter of just four days, we received such a large crowd to participate in the race. I hope we all will take the message of keeping our surroundings clean wherever we go, ”a member of the organising committee, Colonel Manoj Malhotra, said.
Though a massive crowd cheered for the runners, the main crowd-pullers were the athletes in above 45 years category, who ran in full spirit and won hearts.
“I loved running here today. It is the best way to stay fit and healthy and I felt so good, ”said 51-year-old Shamsher Singh, who won the second prize in the above 45-years category.