BANGALORE: Around 1,500 people took part in the city’s first Monsoon Marathon on Sunday and were joined by legendary sprinter Milkha Singh who flagged off the marathon at St Joseph’s Convent grounds.
The marathon,’IBM Bluemix Monsoon Marathon’ and Sunday’s run was its inaugural version. The run is aimed at encouraging fitness enthusiasts to stick to their fitness routine even during monsoon when people who exercise outside tend to take things a little slow.
At the inaugural, Milkha Singh said, “Through the event, we are encouraging runners to continue with their routine regardless of the weather. The world’s leading athletes and runners train and prepare in all kinds of weather, becoming tougher and better in the process. I hope this inspires more Indians to keep themselves fit around the year.”
Pinkathon founder and avid runner Milind Soman said, “I am thrilled to see Bangalore’s response to the Monsoon Marathon. Outdoor fitness routines do not have to be hampered during the monsoon. I hope the event has impacted not only the participants but also other fitness enthusiasts in the city and beyond.”
Nanjundappa won the 21K men’s run by finishing it in one hour and 11 minutes. Farid Ahmed finished second taking 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Amrita Mitra with 1 hour and 42 minutes won the women’s run followed by Bhagwati who clocked 1 hour and 46 minutes.