As many as 2,000 people took part in the mini marathon under the banner of “Young Minds 2011” organised by Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu in association with various stakeholders of Tuticorin on Sunday.

Participants from various educational institutions and the public competed with one another during the run which was flagged off by P. Geetha Jeevan, Social Welfare Minister, in front of St. Mary's Boys Higher Secondary School.

Competitions were held in various categories covering various places.

Cutting across the age limit and sex, many people participated in the 21-km contest under open category. While boys above 18 years of age ran up to 15 kms, girls of the same category contested in the 12-km event.

Under-eighteen boys and girls displayed their sports acumen by running a ten-km stretch. Boys and girls under fourteen endeavoured to achieve success in a five-km run. Veterans _ above 35 years of age _ tried their luck by running upto five kms.

Cash prize of Rs. 10,000, Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 4, 000 was given to those who secured first, second and third place, respectively.

Twenty four people received cash award at District Sports Stadium. Certificates would also be given to all participants, C.J. Dawson, District Sports Officer, said.

A.K. Jagannathan, Managing Director and CEO, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited, presented cash awards. P. Vishnu Prasad, Chief Education Officer, spoke.

The sponsors_ AVMV. Mani, President, PSSK Raja Sankaralingam, Secretary General of All India Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Prasad Suryarao, Vice President, Operations, Sterlite Copper, and G. Selvaraj, Advisor – Projects, Coastal Energen Private Limited _ were present.

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