Scores of students from various educational institutions including colleges and schools took part in the mini marathon organised here on Sunday by V.O. Chidambaram College as part of its diamond jubilee celebrations.
Sonal Chandra, Assistant Superintendent of Police, flagged off the race in front of the college in the presence of A.P.C.V.Chockalingam, college secretary, and A.P.C.V.Shanmugam, secretary, V.O.C. College of Education, in the early morning of Sunday.
Boys and girls competed with one another in the race. While boys covered a distance of up to five miles, girls ran up to five kilometres. P. Ponmari of the college bagged the first prize with a cash award of Rs. 5,000.
The second prize was won by K.Thankavel Murugan of Natarajan Higher Secondary School in Kattunaickanpatti. A cash prize of Rs. 3,000 was given. M.Karuppasamy of the college secured the third place and bagged a cash prize of Rs. 2,000.
As for girls, J.Karthika of Subbiah Vidyalayam Girls Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin stood first. While A.Sangeetha of St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School, Ambasamudram, bagged the second prize, R.Muthulakshmi, Natarajan Higher Secondary School, Kattunaickanpatti, finished third in the event.
College Principal A.Francis, who welcomed the gathering, said that an inter-collegiate cultural competition would be organised on January 21 as part of diamond jubilee programme.
Subsequently, the VOC College would also host an alumni meet here on January 22.
The staff members who retired from their services would be honoured on the occasion. Mr. Chockalingam distributed the prizes to the winners in the marathon event.