Over 10,000 running enthusiasts participated in the Tiruchi Marathon 2015 in the city on Sunday, adding a spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie in creating awareness of cardiac health.
The event was aimed at bringing together people of all sections for creating a healthy environment.
Held in three stages at course distance of half-marathon 21 km starting from Sri Vignesh Vidyalaya, Koothur, 10 km from Mambazhasalai and the five-group 5 km run (from Uzhavar Sandhai, Anna Nagar), the mass sporting event was organised by Kauvery Hospital in collaboration with the local chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Young Indians, Tiruchi, as part of the observation of the World Heart Health Day (September 29). The Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and Tiruchi District Athletic Association were the technical partners for the event.
The main run started at Koothur, wound through the Thiruvanai Kovil Theppakulam and ventured into Anna Nagar before ending at Anna Stadium. The designated time limits were 1.5 hours for the half-marathon, 1.15 hours for the 10 km run and 1 hour for the 5 km run.
The half-marathon was flagged off by M.Ramasubramani, Inspector General of Police, Central Zone at 6 a.m. and was led by S. Chandrakumar, chairman of the organising committee.
Actor Bharath flagged off the 10 km race in Mambazhasalai at 6.30 a.m. and the women’s category of the 5 km run at 7 a.m in Anna Nagar.
At Anna Nagar, runners shod in a variety of footwear – from sport shoes to rubber slippers and sandals - were directed to the starting point in five groups, which led to a minor traffic jam at the Uzhavar Sandhai grounds.
Onlookers and participants alike broke into spontaneous applause and cheered as Bharath joined the 5 km run.
An anthem specially composed for the event was played on speakers to spur participants on, and Kauvery Hospital ambulances were on standby while the races were in progress.
At the valediction held at Anna Stadium, cash prizes were handed out in 8 categories by K. S. Palanisamy, District Collector, Mr.Bharath and K. Meena, former Vice Chancellor, Bharathidasan University. Many of the winners were from the Armed Forces.
Aajeedh, Airtel ‘Super Singer’ 2012, sang ‘Oruvan Oruvan Muthalali’ from the film Muthu, and students presented a classical dance as part of the cultural show.
Organisers said that the event had attracted not just local school and college students, corporate professionals and some senior citizens, but also foreign visitors to the city.
The following were the top three winners in different categories of the event:
21km: B. Srinu, Deepak Singh and Dasari Obulesu.
10km: Pradeep Kumar, R. Roja Rajan and N. Suresh.
10km: S. Padmavathi, Ruthnjeri and P. Anandi.
Junior boys: 5km: N. Krishnan, P. Rajkiran and P. Sathish.
Junior girls: 5km: R. Divya, V. Miriam Mizpah Orchid and R. Swathi.
Men: 5km: T. Ruthramurugan, S. Sathiskumar and G. Sathishkumar.
Women: 5km: M. Sathana, Priyadharsini and Ramya.
Men: S. Kannan, R. Ganesan and Srinivasan.
Women: T.R. Thangammal, M. Pitchai Ammal, A. Radha Shyamala.