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Updated: December 2, 2013 08:21 IST

Blade runners breeze through Wipro Chennai marathon

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Physically challenged persons at the Chennai marathon on Sunday.
Photo: R.Ragu
The Hindu Physically challenged persons at the Chennai marathon on Sunday. Photo: R.Ragu

Physically challenged people took to the marathon organised in the city on Sunday in bigger numbers than before.

Physically challenged people took to the marathon organised in the city on Sunday in bigger numbers than before.

Organisers of the second Wipro Chennai Marathon said at least 14 blade runners, eight persons undergoing rehabilitation after spinal injuries, a group of visually impaired school students and a team of special students were among the over 10,000 participants. Some of the runners carried the banner “Running for Ability”.

The number of blade runners, amputees who run with prosthetic support, was 14 this year compared to eight who ran last year.

Among the participants on Sunday was 39-year-old Devender Pal Singh, a Kargil War hero who took to marathon running after losing one of his limbs in 1999. He helped another physically challenged person, 18-year-old Gokul, get across the finish line. “He reminds me of what I was 20 years ago. I want him to win. Today, when I held his hand as he finished his race, he said it was like his father holding him. I cannot get a better gift than this.”

Recalling his struggle, Mr. Singh, a former major in the Army who quit after the injury, said, “It was a rebirth of sorts when a doctor in the battlefield revived me after the mortar bombing. But when they told me my leg has to be amputated, I took it as a challenge not to lead a handicapped life.” Ten years after the injury, Mr. Singh took up running when he saw a Delhi marathon advertisement. The Chennai Marathon on Sunday was the tenth event for Mr. Singh.

May the tribe of Major Singh and his like increase! We Salute and bow down to you all, who gave us victory in the Kargil war! We will never forget your sacrifices.

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 02:50 IST

Hats off to these heros!

from:  shyam
Posted on: Dec 2, 2013 at 13:00 IST

Literally tears welled out of my eyes after watching the blade runners
in the marathon,I am happy that all of them crossed the finish line.
I have ran a half marathon and completed successfully.

RUN for FUN!
RUN for CAUSE!

from:  Meharnath
Posted on: Dec 2, 2013 at 08:41 IST
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