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An invitation for all like-minded Delhiites

Madhur Tankha
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Registration for Delhi Half Marathon from tomorrow

“Run Delhi, Run”: Bollywood star Bipasha Basu, the face of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Subramanium
“Run Delhi, Run”: Bollywood star Bipasha Basu, the face of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Subramanium

Nearly 30,000 people from all walks of life, including health and fitness freaks, are expected to run shoulder to shoulder in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon that will be flagged off in the Capital on November 27. Physical registration for the event begins this Thursday and will continue up to October 22.

Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu, the face of the marathon for the second time, says the marathon is one event that invites all like-minded people to come together in the true spirit of camaraderie and friendship.

Describing herself as a Delhiite as she was born in the city and has also lived in Lutyens' city for a brief while, Bipasha says though she earns her bread and butter in Mumbai she has a deep connection with Delhi. “The half marathon had honoured me last year, and I hope to be the face of the marathon next year too. Though I come from the film industry, I realise fitness plays an important role in one's well-being. It is important to be active for each one of us, cutting across different professions and age groups.”

The actor says the marathon is one event that gives an opportunity to the young and the old alike to run together for any cause they want to support. “The marathon gives us a chance to see bonding and bonhomie among people. People run for different causes and raise money for various non-government organisations,” said the actor at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Noting that it is important to look good, Bipasha confessed she is a health freak and would like to grow old gracefully.

Charity partner Concern India Foundation's Nidhi said she had been receiving calls since April from various organisations which want to invest money in the marathon. “The half marathon provides an opportunity to the privileged lot, especially corporate honchos, to do something for the needy. We are reaching out to the marginalised community. Last year we raised Rs.3.2 crore. We expect to do the same this year too.”

Earlier, event promoter Procam International's Vivek B. Singh said 100 NGOs had benefited last year.

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