Extensive support for TNIE marathon to end child labour

The marathon organised by The New Indian Express against child labour on Sunday, saw people from every walks of life participating.

Published: 23rd July 2018 04:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2018 04:46 AM   |  A+A-

Former cricketer VVS Laxman, Minister S P Velumani and Collector T N Hariharan flagging off the TNIE Marathon to End Child Labour in Coimbatore on Sunday | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM

By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: The marathon organised by The New Indian Express against child labour on Sunday, saw people from every walks of life participating. The event was flagged off by former Indian cricketer V V S Laxman and Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani. The dignitaries present on the occasion included District Collector T N Hariharan, Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan, Deputy Commissioner P Gandhimathi and Coimbatore South MLA K Arjunan.

There were four events - 10 km, 5 km, 3 km and 1 km, which began from the from the Police Recruitment School (PRS) grounds here. Among the 5,000 participants was 90-year-old A Devaraj, president and director of Bharathi Institute of Rural and Tribal Development. And Devaraj was not the only elder to participate.

Another participant who attracted attention was a differently-abled schoolgirl, P Sridharshini, who ran the 3-km event. Sridharshini, completed the run and celebrated it with her father.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sujit Kumar and trainee Collector D Sneha were among the 10-km runners.

Over 1,000 men and women participated in the 10-km marathon. In the men’s category in this event, Tirtha Kumarpun came first with a timing of 30.32 minutes. Ameet Parmar, who came second, missed the first place by just a second. Praveen, from Mumbai, who completed the event in 31.08 minutes, was placed third.


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