Staff Reporter

It is the first time the run will have visually challenged people participating

Chennai: The momentum for the Idea-Givelife Chennai International Marathon is picking up and the latest to jump on to the bandwagon is a group of visually and physically challenged people.

On Wednesday, a small group of enthusiasts from non-governmental organisation Nethrodaya along with organisers of the marathon gathered near the Light House here to pledge their support for the run. They also walked along on a small stretch of the beach.

According to Tamil Maiyam founder Father Jegath Gaspar Raj, it is the first time the run will have visually challenged people participating.

Rules of the run

“We appreciate their interest and though they will be part of the main event, the rules and distance will be in keeping with their capabilities.

We have many such organisations that have shown interest, so we are gearing up to make arrangements for them,” he added.

The marathon will be held on September 27 and over two lakh people are expected to participate in the event, the proceeds of which will be go in aid of GiveLife Charity.

“Around 50 members from Nethrodaya will take part and we hope to make our presence felt among the many organisations,” said Govinda Krishnan, founder,

Nethrodaya. GoodLife Trustee and Managing Director of Shriram Life Akhila Srinivasan and actor Rajkiran participated in the event on Wednesday.