- 27 Nov 2017
- FWD Admin
Unique gatherers of runners in Kochi for Navy Marathon. The motivational Sprinter’s PT USHA’S presence made the day and it was a run to remember.
Text Credits: Nimisha S
Over 2000 enthusiastic runners of all age-groups participated in the Navy Marathon on 26th November, Sunday.The first ever marathon organized by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) in Kochi was flagged off by Olympian P T Usha and Vice Admiral A R Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of SNC.
It started from KV Port Trust Ground on Willingdon Island and the run was categorized into three for different age-groups: Venduruthy Run (21.1 km), Dronacharya Run (10 km), and Garuda Run (5 km).
On the occasion, Admiral Karve said running was a simple, inexpensive and ‘easily accessible-to-all’ physical activity. He added that events like the Navy marathon were great unifiers in that they brought people from all strata of society together in challenging their physical abilities. The great sprinter Ms. Usha overwhelmingly participated in the marathon by running a short distance in the Dronacharya run which was a great encouragement to all the spectators
The Dronacharya and Garuda runs were flagged off by Rear Admiral R.J. Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff of SNC and Surg Rear Admiral G. Vishwanath, Command Medical Officer, respectively.
In the main event, the first to finish the line was Jairesh Yadav, Seaman Ist class (Sea I) of the Indian Navy in a time of 01:23:52 hours. Sepoy Malkeet Singh won the Dronacharya Run in 34:40 minutes.
The first woman to reach in the main event was Merina Mathew, who finished the race with a timing of 01:54:44 hours. Priya Gangadharan won the 10-km race with a timing of 48:03 minutes.
The Garuda Run was won by Sardar Singh, senior secondary recruit of the Indian Navy, and Ishika Barak in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.
All finishers were awarded medals, besides special prizes for the top three in each age group and category.
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