The “Tiruvannamalai Marathon” was flagged off by Collector M. Rajendran in front of the taluk office here on Thursday. Students and members of public participated in the race, which culminated at the Anna arch in Vengikkal.

It was organised by the Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority, District Athletic Association, Arunai County and Arunai Engineering College. Organisers said that the event was organised to create awareness of AIDS, polio, rainwater harvesting, road safety, etc.

Superintendent of Police M. Pandiyan, municipal chairman R. Sridharan, District Sports Officer Pugazhendhi, and Arunai Engineering College Managing Director E.V. Kamban were present at the inaugural ceremony.