A brave attempt to notch up a record-breaking marathon performance has been left in the limbo thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the state government. Marathon runners Bahuleyan and Sreenivasan have been aiming to set a new record in long-distance running, by sprinting from Kanyakumari to Jammu and Kashmir.
In an effort to find funding for the the project, the duo have approached the state government. But even four months later, the government is yet to respond positively.
The Thiruvananthapuram natives- Bahuleyan of Dhanuvachapuram and Sreenivasan of Venganoor- plan to complete the 3,669-km run in a span of 30 days. Officials of the Limca Book of World Records have already been informed about the attempt to set the record.
The officials have sent the route map, guidelines and the sample log sheet to Bahuleyan.
“Since carrying out this marathon is an expensive affair, we submitted an application before the Chief Minister, who is currently handling the Sports Department. We have sought a financial assistance of `10 lakh from the state government for the marathon.
“However, even after four months, we have not got a reply from the state government. When two Malayalis are making such an attempt, it’s for the government to extend support to our endeavour,” Bahuleyan said.
The passionate runner, who has achieved recognition for his performance in national-level marathons, has been staging similar runs for charity for quite a while.