BENGALURU: With an aim of continuing sporting legacy and creating more Olympians in India, Jain University organized the My Country Run. It all started on 31 January, 2016 which was the first edition of the run. Edition 2 of the My Country Run was held on 8 January in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.
They also officially launched ‘Prayas’ a national sports fund program for budding sports persons. The funds provided, are contribution from the sponsors, the registration fee for the run and are also open for people who are willing to contribute. It will extend its support towards people across the country who aspires to go further in sports. This will be done with an online system through which people can approach them in the days to come.
The marathon mainly aimed at supporting sports in India. One of the organizing members Raghav Pissay said, “Sports has been an integral part of India today and we are trying to build up and help all the sports enthusiasts who do not get facilities and infrastructure.” The runs were categorized into Elite 10k, Open 10k, Fast 5k and Cool 5k. The event saw more participation terms of support and volunteering as well. “Last year we had very few people who came forward to support this cause and this year we had around 300 volunteers for this event,” he added.
Runners warming up at the finishing line CREDITS-RITIKA
Successful sportsmen of India like Pankaj Advani, Robin Uthappa, K.L Rahul, Karun Nair are the alumni of this university. The event had famous sportsmen like Mayank Agarwal and also players from the pro kabaddi.
According to Jatin Khandelwal, events and brand association head, the run saw around 10,000 participants. The run also aimed at spreading awareness of a healthier India. “Today India needs to be a lot healthier, everyone has become lazy, including the youngsters, we want to promote health and that is what we are doing,” said Mr. Khandelwal. “Jain University known in the field of sports has taken up the challenge promoting sports across India not only by getting our students but also inviting students from various other colleges to be part of the run,” he added.
The marathon had runners from other cities around India as well. According to Raghav Pissey, almost 60% of the runners were from other cities. A runner from Himachal Pradesh, Amar Sharma said, “I like running in marathons and I came here along with my friends. This marathon is comparatively better when compared to other marathons in terms of facilities provided.”
The run was given a touch of entertainment through cultural performances, Dj and instrument players along with beat boxers and Zumba trainers. Dancing Star finalists Surender Sharma and Sanam Singh and Faizan Malik from Dance plus were also performers at the event.
In future, the event plans of moving to Hyderabad, Chennai and other cities of India. By organizing My Country Run across various cities we aim at spreading awareness by getting in touch with the government as well.