A circuit race around Ulsoor Lake was organised by the Classic Road runners athletic club under the banner of Karnataka Athletic Association Club on Sunday to mark International Human Rights Day (December 10).
The run welcomed children, senior citizens and people from all walks of life in support of the theme, “The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”
Different categories were organised for senior citizens, men, women, college-goers, high schoolers, middle schoolers and primary schoolers.
The distances they had to cover ranged from one and a half kilometres to seven kilometres. “It is fun to run with friends so I came here today.
I practise half an hour every day in Cubbon Park and I want to be a marathon runner,” said Beulah Rodrigues who was placed fourth in the children’s category.
The focus of the race was human rights, and some runners carried placards with simple messages to show that they believe in freedom for all.
While many showed up in support for the cause, there were those who couldn’t stay away from a race.
Santhosh from MEG and Centre, who won the half marathon at the Midnight Marathon event held a mere 6 hours before, also won the 7 km race held at Ulsoor.
Dr A J Ansari, President of the Classic Road runners athletic club said that sports can be used to promote not just health but matters of other awareness as well. “As human beings, we are the body of humanity. The Bahá’í people of Iran are not allowed to open shops, they’re jailed with no trial and have no right to education. As a world community it is our duty to stand up for these defenseless communities whose human rights are violated, be it on the basis of gender, race or religion,” he added.