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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

An extra mile: How far can you go for your mother?

Participants were given the option to choose from any of the three events—3 kilometre run, 5 kilometre walk or 10 kilometre walk.

punjab Updated: May 14, 2018 16:13 IST
Vidhya Narayanan
Vidhya Narayanan
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Participants during the all women special marathon ‘Social Women 10k Run’ organised by Chandigarh Runners on the occasion of Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Participants during the all women special marathon ‘Social Women 10k Run’ organised by Chandigarh Runners on the occasion of Mother’s Day on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
         

Mothers often go the extra mile to see that their children get all that they want. But how often does a mother run for her own fitness? With an aim to help mothers—young and old—have a chance to work towards their own fitness, Chandigarh Runners organised an all women special marathon ‘Social Women 10k Run’ on the occasion of Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Chandigarh Press Club was one of the supporting arms for this event, which evoked a good response from scribes across the city, who often lead an owl’s life owing to erratic working hours. Many of our colleagues also participated enthusiastically in this event.

Participants were given the option to choose from any of the three events—3 kilometre run, 5 kilometre walk or 10 kilometre walk.

Chetan Wadhwa, the co-founder of Chandigarh Runners, says the idea behind the event was to encourage women come out for their fitness.

“We always see men coming out for such outdoor events because they know there are women back home to keep the house in order,” says Chetan, adding, “But this time, we wanted women to come out and enjoy as we take care of everything.”

Others at the event echoed the same view. Neelakshi, 63, who participated in the 5-kilometre walkathon, says, “An important part of women empowerment is ensuring that women have an equal chance at fitness. As women are the primary care givers of the family, their fitness should be the priority. How can a family be healthy, if the women in the family aren’t?”

Ask her what prompted her to come out for the event and she says, “I walk everyday on my own. So fitness isn’t an issue. But the whole experience of coming out and walking with so many people from all walks of life, is a different experience altogether.”

And then there were others, who came so that they could motivate their young children to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Shweta Dhir, a city resident who came to the event with her 7-year-old daughter, Mehar, says, “I want my daughter to imbibe healthy habits, such as exercising, from a young age. So I brought her here.”

Parul Sahni, another young mother, came out so that she can motivate her daughter to test her limits. “My daughter, Laisha, has previously completed a 2 kilometre marathon. This time she signed up for the 3-kilometre run. To encourage her, I too participated in the 5-kilometre walk.” Ask Laisha what she liked about the event, she says the fact that her mother and she were participating in the same event was the best thing experience. And as Laisha and her mum ran their way to fitness, it was heartening to see her dad cheering for the both of them from the stands.

You can do it too!

For those who couldn’t make it this time, Chetan says, “It’s never too late to start. Once you take the first step, there is no turning back. But all you need to do is take the first plunge.”

So this mother’s day, rather than gifting your mother material things like flowers and cakes, gift her a chance at fitness.