BENGALURU: Nearly 700 people participated in the first-ever Sarjapur Marathon, organised with the objective of saving lakes in Sarjapur area. The 10k marathon and the 3k family run-cum-walk was held at Yamere ground, near Sompura on Sunday.
Enthusiastic citizens started to queue up at the venue from 5.30 am and the ground was teeming with young children. The 10k run started at 6.30 am with 76 participants.
K Tharun from Hosur clocked the best time in the 10k run. The oldest participant was 74-year-old M Ramaswamy from Sompura.
Joy V R, Secretary of Sarjapur Residents Welfare Association (SRWA) said, “Our main aim was to create awareness about reviving and rejuvenating the lakes around the Sarjapur area.”
He added, “Hopefully, this marathon and the family run/majja walk will create awareness among the residents of Bengaluru to bring these lakes back to life.”
The event had stalls from Cluster of Dreams, selling eco-friendly Ganeshas on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi; Hasiru Dala, sharing information on composting and their other initiatives; Daily Dump, exhibiting the solutions they have devised for encouraging kitchen waste composting for households; and a well-received stall by Kreeda Games, which works towards reviving native Indian games.
Former minister from Anekal, Narayana Swamy, and Bengaluru Urban Zilla Panchayat president Muniraju were present.