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Abhishek, Rani flag off Senior Citizens' Marathon

Nearly 2700 senior citizens participated in the marathon, which will be 5-km-long.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 09:29 IST

Bollywood actors Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee on Sunday flagged off the Senior Citizens' Marathon at Chhatrpati Shivaji Terminus as part of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2006.

Nearly 2700 senior citizens participated in the marathon, which will be 5-km-long and is aimed at evoking participation of the senior citizens in the mega event.

Before the event took off, Tina Ambani, actress of yesteryears and wife of Reliance Infocomm chief Anil Ambani, greeting the participants said, "Race itself is not important as much as the spirit of being together".

The oldest among the participants, Shalini Chirputkar (89), had tears in her eyes when Abhishek and Rani greeted her and wished her for the event. Shalini said that she had participated in the freedom struggle and was part of the `Dandi March' launched by Mahatma Gandhi at Azad Maidan.

Shalini said that the memories of the struggle are still fresh in her mind and added that she was thrilled to participate in the event that has witnessed huge participation by people of Mumbai.

81-year-old Dayalal Shah, who is also a participant, was seen greeting his contemporaries in the senior citizens' race.

Leena Loyalka (63), yelled at Rani Mukherjee in Bengali, "Bhalo Acho?" (how are you). The actress replied, "Bhalo Achi" (I am fine).

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 09:26 IST