‘Blade runners’ to scorch city streets today

November 15, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:38 am IST - KOCHI:

Get set to cheer a host of Indian ‘blade runners’ who will scorch the city streets for the first time on Sunday.

Major D.P. Singh, popularly known as the country’s first blade runner and a Kargil war veteran, will be leading a pack of 18 blade runners in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon 2015. They will be running along with around 2,000 able-bodied marathoners.

Paul Anthony, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust, will be flagging off the event at 4 a.m.

The Full Marathon (42.2 km) will start at 4 a.m., followed by the more popular Half Marathon (21.1 km) which will be flagged off at 5 a.m. The Family Fun Race of 5 km distance, in keeping with fit families in the city, starts at 7 a.m

A few tourist runners like Fergal Oflaherty from Dublin, Ireland, are running 13 half marathons on the road to Delhi to raise money and awareness for two charities.

Steve and Paula Boone from 50 States Marathon are participating for the second time at the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon.

The Houston-based couple is responsible for popularising the running culture amongst ordinary citizens in the U.S. and planning to increase marathon awareness in India as well.

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