Ahmedabad, 24 November (HS): The premier Adani Ahmedabad Marathon certified by AIIMS in Ahmedabad is all set to return with its 6th edition on Sunday. The race is to be flagged off by Dangal fame freestyle wrestler Geeta Phogat, who won India's first gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games (2010), Indian women's hockey team player Rani Rampal, Air Marshal Vikram Singh (VSM, Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command), Major General Mohit Wadhwa (General Officer Commanding) and Race Ambassador Kargil War Veteran and India's first Blade Runner Major DP Singh.
This year the Ahmedabad Marathon will expand its mission to support the country's military services by providing a platform to the participants and the public to donate any amount for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces.
The funds raised will go to several armed forces welfare programs by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, and institutions such as specialty hospitals and rehabilitation facilities that work to improve the lives of service members. These service members include soldiers who are permanently injured and are provided with a livelihood through these programs. Simultaneously, Ahmedabad Marathon is also organising a Bib and Fitness Expo on November 25 and 26, which will showcase a wide range of the best fitness brands under one roof.
Pranav Adani, Director, Adani Enterprises, said, “We are delighted to return for the upcoming season of the Ahmedabad Marathon. This marathon gives the city an opportunity to show solidarity with our soldiers. In just five years, this marathon has helped raise over ₹2 crore for various Armed Services Welfare Initiatives. This year, we aim to raise funds for the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Center located in Kirkee, near Pune, which helps members of our Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) lead a better life who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
Dr Col RK Mukherjee, Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, said, “We are honored to see so much respect and compassion from our compatriots for the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces of the country will grow stronger as more people from across the country join the #Run4OurSoldiers campaign. I would like to express my gratitude to all on behalf of the Indian Armed Forces.
Kargil War Veteran Major DP Singh, who is also considered to be India's first Blade Runner, will be the race ambassador. More than 1,000 service members from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force will participate in the Adani Ahmedabad Marathon.
Major DP Singh said, “It is heart-warming to see the city of Ahmedabad coming together to make this event a festival to promote the welfare of our armed forces. This is the true spirit of Gujarat. Brings people together irrespective of their age. I hope like previous years this year also people will come together in large numbers to celebrate fitness and honor the spirit of our armed forces.
He further added, “An army soldier does his duty to protect the people of his country. He even sacrifices his life. He never accepts defeat. As responsible citizens, it is also our duty to keep ourselves fit and healthy as well as keep our environment beautiful and clean. Running, cycling and other events are contributing to that cause and the Adani Ahmedabad Marathon is not just promoting health and fitness, its mission is the welfare of the soldiers. Through the race, funds are being raised to improve the lives of those service members who are permanently injured and provide them means of livelihood.
#Run4OurSoldiers, supporting the country's armed forces, has become the city's favorite run since its launch in 2017. The event attracts over 15,000 runners every year. The annual race provides a unique opportunity to common citizens to participate and run alongside our service members from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
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