NAGERCOIL: Collector Sajjansingh R Chavan flagged off the ‘Spirit of India’ run taken out by Pat Farmer, the long distance runner from Australia in Kanyakumari on Tuesday.
Pat Farmer’s ‘Spirit of India Run’ is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia, encouraging tourism. The ministry of Tourism, Government of India along with respective State tourism departments is supporting Spirit of India Run.
Pat Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. He has run from the North Pole to the South, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Middle East and North America. Pat served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament from Sydney.
Meanwhile, in a function held near Gandhi Mandapam in Kanyakumari district Collector Sajjansingh R Chavan flagged off Pat Farmer’s ‘Spirit of India’ run. Pat Farmer will run along with his 7 member crew on an average 70-80 Kms daily through the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, Punjab covering a distance of 4600 km and will finish his run at Sri Nagar in Jammu and Kashmir on March 30.