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MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE: Chess Grandmaster Koneru Hampy unveiling the Vijayawada run logo on Tuesday.
MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE: Chess Grandmaster Koneru Hampy unveiling the Vijayawada run logo on Tuesday.

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Interested can participate by prior registration

To be organised by Strategic Team for Reinforcement and Improvement of Vijayawada's EcologyThe objective is to draw attention of the concerned to the city's interests and suggest options to address the concernsDistrict Collector says the event will change the dynamics of the city and inculcate team spirit among people

VIJAYAWADA: And, now it is the turn of Vijayawada to run. With a message to the young and the old to participate in the 10-K run to be organised on January 22 by Strategic Team for Reinforcement and Improvement of Vijayawada's Ecology (STRIVE), first woman Grandmaster of India Koneru Humpy kick-started the campaign on Tuesday.

City's elite, including industrialists, businessmen and professionals, got together to forge STRIVE which will study, understand, evaluate and identify issues and subjects concerning the common/specific interests of the city.

This is an apolitical and secular organisation, according to its convener Chadalavada Nageswara Rao.

STRIVE will draw attention of the concerned to the city's interests and suggest options to address the concerns.

Creation of awareness among people, involve all sections, secure Government approvals and to coordinate with all the concerned in accomplishing the tasks form part of its main objectives.

Chevuturi Muralikrishna of Brahmayya & Co explained the objectives of the proposed 10-K run.

It's not just to copy what Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam had already done, but the objectives of the run had far-reaching effects.

The run would bring every ardent city lover out on to the roads to express his/her commitment to the development and progress of the city. He underscored the need for every citizen to feel the sense of belonging.

Registration fee

The run would start at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium at 7 a.m. and pass through Labbipeta, Benz Circle, Ring Road, Gunadala, Eluru road and culminate in a meeting at the stadium again. Participation in the run would be by prior registration. For students, the fee would be Rs 10, while it was Rs 30 for all others (registration + bib number).

Those who wanted to buy the T-shirts along with the registration bib numbers, it would cost Rs 130. For corporate participation, the registration fee was fixed at Rs 20,000 for 100 persons.

Reporting time for the run was 6.30 a.m. For more information, anybody could log on to www.vijayawadarun.com and see.

Registration counters would be set up all across the city at vantage points.

Essential facilities would be integrated along the course of the run. Kilometre markers, drinking water and first-aid stalls would be set up at necessary places. Run controllers would help the runners in their effort.

Those who could not run could take a walk along the 10-km course.

The surplus amount in the proceeds of the registration and sponsorship would be spent for improving civic amenities.

District Collector Navin Mittal said the run would change the dynamics of the city and inculcate team spirit among people. Commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Natarajan Gulzar said it would provide the right thrust and kick-start a new initiative in public-private partnership.

Vice-chairman of VGTM-UDA V. Durga Das said that growth had not been commensurate with the individual achievements of people in the city.

The run would bring every one together, he observed.


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