25K to par­tic­i­pate in Thane marathon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com Or­gan­is­ers dis­trib­ute bibs to par­tic­i­pants in Thane.

More than 25,000 peo­ple will par­tic­i­pate in the 27th Thane Mayor Var­sha Marathon on Sun­day.

The marathon will start at 6.30am from the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion head­quar­ters Panch­pakhadi. The marathon this year will be run to pro­mote a clean and healthy neigh­bour­hood.

Ath­lete Lalita Babar and rower Dattu Bhokanal, who par­tic­i­pated in the Rio Olympics, will be present for the marathon to en­cour­age the par­tic­i­pants.

Ath­letes, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 21 km and 15 km run for male and fe­male cat­e­gory, will get chips to keep track of time. This will en­sure trans­parency in the marathon re­sults.

Around 350 men and 70 women ath­lete from across the coun­try will par­tic­i­pate in the 21 and 15 kilo­me­tre run.

The Var­sha Marathon is the only mon­soon marathon held on a large scale across the coun­try claims the cor­po­ra­tion. The marathon for the last 26 years was con­ducted in Thane city only. This year the cor­po­ra­tion has ini­ti­ated a new route of 10 kilo­me­tre from Khare­gaon to TMC head­quar­ters.

The run will be su­per­vised by 200 ref­er­ees, 80 pilots, 225 se­cu­rity guards and hun­dreds of vol­un­teers.

San­deep Malvi, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for TMC, said, “We have also ar­ranged free med­i­cal check-up of run­ners, emer­gency booths along the route, am­bu­lance fa­cil­ity and pri­mary health care cen­tres along the en­tire route.”

Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray will be present for the prize distri­bu­tion cer­e­mony.

Well-known Marathi ac­tors from Kanha and YZ movies will also par­tic­i­pate in the marathon to en­cour­age the con­tes­tants.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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