Staff Reporter

Young and old alike participate in 33-km run with enthusiasm

GUNTUR: Residents of Guntur city woke up on a cold winter morning to see both the young and old wearing bright T-shirts and caps, looking energetic and bubbling with enthusiasm, take part in the 'Kalachakra Run', which began here on Monday.

The 33-km run was flagged off by Minister for Cooperation and Transport Kanna Lakshmi Narayana at around 7 a.m. from NTR Stadium. College students and young cadets of National Cadet Corps (NCC) tried to keep in pace with the senior members of the NTR Stadium Walkers' Association.

Promoting peace

"Kalachakra ceremony is meant for promoting and praying for world peace and well-being of all mankind," the Minister said. Mayor Kanna Nagaraju, Municipal Commissioner D. Rama Rao, Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Sudhakara Rao were among those present at the flagging off ceremony.

"Kalachakra event is a good opportunity to extend our hospitability to the foreigners coming from different countries and display our tradition of tolerance and peace," said Vishnuvardhan Rao, a participant. "I am looking forward to volunteering at the main site during the 12-day event," said Ram Kumar, an NCC cadet.

The run went along the Guntur-Amaravathi main road and the organisers served refreshments to the participants on way. There was bright sun, tall trees, lush green fields and many officials were working hard to complete their assigned tasks along the route. Some school and college children waved at the participants when they passed through the villages - Gorantla, Lam, Mothadaka, Narakullapadu, and Lemalle.

The participants were welcomed by the district authority at Amaravathi at around noon. Buddhist touristswere among those who welcomed the participants.