THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lending a helping hand to the ill, Thiruvananthapuram-based long distance runner S Bahuleyan, popularly known as Marathon Bahuleyan, has gone on another charity run -- this time along a 350-kilometre course stretching from Kollam to Kozhikode.
At the end of the run which concluded near the KSRTC Bus Station in Kozhikode the other day, Bahuleyan collected over Rs 50,000 which he intends to distribute among the sick from economically backward families who are in need of funds for their treatment.
Bahuleyan started his run from Kollam and passed through Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts on his way to Kozhikode.
“The response from the public was good and I have to thank them for contributing the money which will go to a good cause,” said Bahuleyan, an employee of the Kerala State Sports Council based at the Hockey Stadium in Asramam, Kollam.
“The money will be distributed among six cancer patients, two kidney patients and three heart patients who hail from very poor financial backgrounds,” said the runner. A function will be held at the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club during which the money will be handed over to these patients, Bahuleyan added.
Running for charity is not new for Bahuleyan. In 2008, Bahuleyan ran 660 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargod in nine days -- a feat which helped him to enter the Limca Book of Records.
Last year, he ran from the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram to Kozhikode collecting around Rs 2.5 lakh which he donated to poor cancer patients.
Apart from these, he also ran to Sabarimala as a pilgrim and participated in thousands of races conducted by sports clubs across the state.
Hailing from Dhanuvachapuram in the district, Bahuleyan, who spends a lion share of his time for charity, is also hopeful of making it to the Guinness Book of World Records in the near future.