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Asian Marathon Champion Gopi T & Asian + Commonwealth Gold Medallist Sudha Singh to headline 15th edition of TATA Mumbai Marathon

Two new Partners on board; Tata Nexon as Driven By Partner & Bisleri as Hydration Partner

First-time-ever ‘Inspiration Medal’ to be given to all 42K finishers & their inspirational heroes

 

Mumbai, 11th January 2018: As the countdown to Asia’s most prestigious marathon begins, Procam International, promoters of the iconic event, today announced 44407 registrations including the crème de la creme in long-distance running, lining-up to vie for the top honours at Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018.

 

The USD 405,000 event will witness a supreme battle between world class athletes and India’s best. Getting off the blocks will be Ethiopia’s Tokyo Marathon 2017 runner-up Solomon Deksisa and Mumbai Marathon 2017 runner-up Kenya’s Joshua Kipkorir; while the women’s category will see the defending champion Kenya’s Bornes Kitur and 2017 Ljubljana Marathon winner Ethiopia’s Shuko Genemo. The Indian men’s field will be headlined by Asian Marathon Champion Gopi T, along with Nitendra Singh Rawat, Mumbai Marathon 2016 course record holder; whilst Asian & Commonwealth Steeplechase Gold Medallist Sudha Singh will lead the women’s challenge along with L Suriya the fastest Indian women and course record holder for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and Tata Steel Kolkata 25K. The Indian contingent will be paced by Hendrick Ramaala, the New York Marathon and Mumbai Marathon winner in 2004.

In an overwhelming response, the event heralded a new high with registrations across all six categories of races from over 30 nationalities. 21st January will bring together the elites, the working athletes, the differently abled, the young at heart, the affluent, the Housewife, the Industrialists, the Celebrities, the Police, the Navy, the Army, the College Student all showcasing the ‘Can Do…Will Do’ spirit of the event.

Pradipta Bagchi, Group Chief Communications Officer said, “The Tata Mumbai marathon has created an opportunity for the Tata group to increase its engagement with the community, connect with the youth and create awareness about the importance of good health and wellness. Marathon running requires commitment, passion, integrity & dedication, these reflect the ideals of the Tata group.”

He added, “The Tata group has promoted and nurtured sports for over 75 years. This commitment has resulted in the setting up of academies for different sports, sponsorships of events and individuals. We are delighted to start this new  partnership on the occasion of  the 150 years of the Tata group .”

The feature race will witness a participation of 6955 runners, while 14950 runners will run the Half Marathon. The inaugural Timed 10K Run has 1652 runners in its debut year. The Senior Citizens and the Champions with Disability Run will witness 1130 and 1220 runners, respectively. Mumbai’s favourite, the very colourful Dream Run will have 18500 enthusiastic runners take to the road adding to the carnival-like atmosphere.

Ravi Viswanathan, Chief Marketing Officer, TCS said, “TCS has been associated with the Mumbai Marathon for the last 10 years and this year it is even more special to us, since it is the Tata Mumbai Marathon. It is the single largest philanthropic sporting event held in India and provides a great platform to run for a cause.

TCS has been actively involved in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle with a focus on fit workforce. Globally, we have been leveraging our Fit4Life initiative as well as external partnerships with leading international distance running properties to promote wellness and community development among our employees, their families, and our customers. Tata Mumbai Marathon is a great way to increase our engagement with the community, raise funds for charity as well as create societal awareness about the necessity of good health and fitness”.

Vivek B Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International said, “The TATA Mumbai Marathon has constantly aimed to bring out the best in our society and the growing running community is a testimony to our faith and dream for delivering a world class event. This success is not possible without the support from Government of Maharashtra and all our new and existing sponsors. We would like to welcome on board Tata Motors and Bisleri for the 2018 edition of the event. With the spectacular line-up of professional athletes and Sergey Bubka as the event ambassador, we are sure the 2018 edition of the event will be a day to remember. We wish all the participants good luck as they gear up for race day.”

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF FOR THE 2018 EDITION

NEW SPONSORS: To make any sporting event a grand success, it is imperative to have like-minded sponsors on board and this year, two new global brands have extended their association with the event. India’s leading mineral water brand Bisleri has come on board as the Hydration Partner, and Tata Nexon as a Driven-by Partner.

Vivek Srivatsa, Head Marketing, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors said “It is our pleasure to partner with India’s premier and Asia’s most prestigious marathon – the Tata Mumbai Marathon. Sport has always been an integral part of the Tata way of life and we stand committed to furthering the cause of Indian sport. We look forward to being a vital part of the event as the Driven By Partner and support the event as it attracts the world’s best athletes on Indian soil. Our most recent introduction, the stylish, compact lifestyle SUV, the Tata Nexon will be the star attraction at the event. With Level Nex design, driving dynamics, the Nexon will be the lead car of the Tata Mumbai Marathon and we are planning exciting on-ground & digital activations to engage with fans and participants at the event.”

INSPIRATION MEDAL: The Inspiration Medal is a creative outcome of the collaboration between Procam International and Chlorophyll Innovation Lab, the Innovations Partner for the event. First of its kind in world marathon history, the Inspiration Medal is a unique symbol of victory and inspiration together. At first glance, it looks like one medal but it can be split into two medals: one for the finishers and the other for those who inspired them to #bebetter. This year, every 42K finisher and his inspiration will be awarded this medal.

CHAMPIONS WITH DISABILITY: With renewed vigour, this category has been energised with the help of Adapt, an NGO that engages with this community. Adapt is helping to create a unique running experience for the participants. There has been a remarkable increase in participation numbers with 1200 participants this year, making the event the largest platform of inclusion. To add a silver lining to the category, the event will witness the presence of Indian Paralympian and Medallist, Varun Singh Bhati, who will be a part of the event to encourage and acknowledge all CWD participants.

ASICS RACE DAY TEE: As an added motivation for all Full Marathoners, Sports Goods Partner ASICS launched the exclusive Race Day Tee for all Full Marathon participants.

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE: For the convenience of all half marathon participants there will be shuttle service from Currey Road station on the Central Railway and Mahalaxmi Station on the Western Railway lines. These buses are free for all half marathon participants wearing valid bibs, will operate from 3.30 am to 5.00 am on race day 21st January 2018.

MIRCHI GET ACTIVE EXPO: A one-stop destination for runners, the Expo will be organised at MMRDA Ground, Plot No-18, G Block, Opposite Bank of Baroda, Next to BKC One Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra -East, Mumbai from 17th to 20th January 2018. The Expo will be on between 10.30 am and 7.00 pm on 17th to 19th January 2018 and on 20th January 2018 it will be on between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.

Mirchi Get Active Expo is also the venue for all confirmed participants from Mumbai & Outstation registered runners to come and collect their running bibs. We advise all participants to study in detail race day instructions, familiarize themselves with all the time lines, approach plans, layout plans, security arrangements, traffic restrictions, road closures and other provisions that will come into force on Race Day.

The expo will also see a host of activities and interactive stalls of partners like Asics, Tata Motors, ORSL, TATA, Volini, Jet Airways, HRX, Skechers and other leading lifestyle brands.  In addition to this, Procam Running along with Selection Centre Sports have recently launched a wide range of running gear and equipment which will be available at the Get Active Expo.

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This Ultrarunner Won His Races by Hiding in a Porta-Potty

Ultramarathoner Kelly Agnew reminds me of when I was running the timed mile in middle school gym class. Back then, while kids like me would rip around the course, other kids would hide behind the generator, then pop out on the last lap, barely winded, and fly through the finish line. Agnew, the White Rim trail record holder and a runner-up at the 2013 Pony Express Trail 100, is like those other kids, but with a different hiding spot: the porta-potty.

Race officials tracked the decorated ultrarunner’s participation this year in the 24-hour race at Across the Years at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona. They discovered that he wasn’t clocking in at a checkpoint halfway through the 1.0498-mile loop. Turns out, he was sitting in a latrine for seven minutes and then jumping out to cross the mat at the start/finish at the exact time he needed to keep his “mile pace” consistent.

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Bekele, Degitu win first international edition of TSK 25K

Multiple times world champion Kenenisa Bekele kept his reputation intact cantering past the finish line in the maiden appearance of TSK 25K in its international avatar with a timing of 1.13.48 , even as over 13700 participants took to the streets on a nippy winter morning.

In the Elite national section winner Avinash Sable set a course record of 1.15.17 breaking the previous course record set by G Lakshmanan who came third with a timing of 1.17.13 which is also better than his mark set last year. Kalidas Hirave came second with 1.16.18. Thus all three bettered last year’s record of 1.17.23.

The Ethiopian world champion earlier paced his race brilliantly staying in the mix till the 21st kilometer when he broke loose and by the time he was across the finish line his closest competitor was nowhere in sight.

The leading group went through the 7.5km checkpoint in a sluggish 24:24. Just before halfway, Bekele briefly went through a bad patch and drifted off the back of the leaders, with his compatriot Asefa Diro leading at 12km in 39:09 and Bekele seven seconds adrift in fifth place.

However, the multiple world champion and world record holder soon got back up with the group containing Diro, Eritrea’s Tsegay Tuemay, Tanzania’s Augustino Sulle and India’s Avinash Sable before surging away with just under seven kilometres to go. His move almost immediately splintered the leading group with nobody able to stay with him once he moved into a higher gear. Tuemay eventually crossed the finish line on Kolkata’s historic Red Road in second place in 1:14:21 with Sulle third in 1:14:41

Later Kenenisa said: “The race was very nice. The course is nice and flat all through. I have been training hard and the results showed. This was my first 25 K and it feels good to have won it. It was a tactical race and I paced myself depending on the kind of competition I faced.”

“The weather was good, though a little smokey in certain parts. But it was not difficult to manage. I had a great race and would like to come back here next year. Kolkata has been very warm and hospitable and I would like to laud Procam for organizing such a well managed race,” he continued.

The Ethiopian however wished he had a pacemaker to push down his time. “In a race like this you need a pacemaker, who sets you up for a fast finish. I was pushing myself, but that was not enough. I would have pushed my timing by 90 seconds at least had I a pacemaker,” Bekele rued.

Avinash Sable said: “I am concentrating for steeplechase. That is my event. The only reason I am running in the 25K is to increase my endurance. The fact that I have come first here goes to say that I am on the right track. My aim is the Commonwealth Games and a podium finish there in my pet event.”

In the elite women group the first place was taken by Ethiopian Degitu  Azimeraw with a timing of 1.26.01, followed by Kenyan Helah Kiprop with a timing of 1.26.04 and Tanzanian Failuna Matanga with 1.26.11.

In the Indian women’s L Surya won with 1.26.53 timing beating Sudha Singh’s course record of 1.27.31 . Manju Yadav came second at 1.32.51, while Jhuma Khatun came third with 1.32.58. All three ladies were from Railways.

The race was flagged off by Hon’ble Gobvernor of West Bengal Kesari Nath Tripathi, H H Shri Shri Ravishankar, General Abhay Krishna, GOC&C Eastern Command, Arup Biswas, Minister PWD and Sports, T V Narendran, MD Tata Steel.

Event Ambassador Sourav Ganguly and International Ambassador Mike Powell were at the starting line to encourage the runners. Later Ganguly said: “This is amazing to see the number of people come out and run in the morning. The world Champion running here and a world record holder long jumper watching the race makes TSK 25K really special.”

He exchanged a few words with Bekele once he crossed the finishing line breasting the tape held by the Prince of Calcutta and the man with a record that stands over quarter century Mike Powell.

Powell said: “I am thrilled to see so many people come out and run. And the standard of the elite field is also great. The race is competitive and fun to watch.”

Following are the final results:

Overall Athlete Men

Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 1:13:48; Tsegay Tuemay (ERI) 1:14:29; Augustino Sulle (TAN) 1:14:41; Avinash Sable (IND) 1:15:17; Asefa Diro (KEN) 1:15:37.

Overall Athlete Women

Degitu Azimeraw (ETH) 1:26:01; Helah Kiprop(KEN)1:26:04; Failuna Matanga(TAN) 1:26:11; Dibabe Kuma (ETH) 1:26:28; L. Suriya (IND) 1:26:53.

Overall Indian Athlete Men

Avinash Sable (IND) 1:15:17; Kalidas Hirave (IND) 1:16:18; G Lakshmanan (IND) 1:17:13; Govind Singh (IND) 1:22:19; Mukesh Singh(IND) 1:22:21; Shander Singh(IND) 1:22:28.

Overall Indian Athlete Women

L. Suriya L (IND) 1:26:53; Manju Yadav (IND) 1:32:51; Juma Khatun (IND) 1:32:58; Monika Athare (IND) 1:34:30; Monika Raut (IND) 1:36:08; Jyoti Gawate (IND) 1:38:52.

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Bekele set to chase Kimetto’s 25km world record at TSK25K 2017

Mutilple world champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele will be looking to add to his list of accolades at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K on Sunday 17 December.

Speaking at the traditional pre-race press conference on Friday, the Ethiopian athletics icon said that a serious bid to improve on the 25km world record of 1:11:18, set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in 2012, is likely on race day. “At the sea level it is possible to break the world record if the conditions are not extreme and if the pollution level is within control, then you can breathe properly and your legs function well. Although I have not seen the track [course] yet, I think I would set myself a target of 1:12,” commented Bekele.

Bekele’s 25km best is 1:12:47, an intermediate time when he ran in the Berlin Marathon last year, which he went on to win in 2:03:03 and go second on the all-time list for the classic distance. If he doesn’t succeed in beating Kimetto’s world record then he aims, at the very least, to improve his own time over the distance and gain some redemption for having to drop out of this year’s Berlin Marathon in September.

“I just could not run [in Berlin]. I could not enjoy what I was doing. My legs could not find grip on the surface. It was filled with water and hence I dropped out. But since then I have trained well and recovered well, and am ready to run this distance,” he added.

It will be the first race ever in India for Bekele, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and 18- time world champion on the track and cross country, but he has visited the country in the past as a guest of the TSK25K race promoter Procam International and as an as an ambassador for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

“This is a great country. I like to come here. The people are warm and motivate you to do well. I have seen their impact on the runners at other big races here. I will be running here for the first time and hopefully will get a lot of support.” Bekele, now 35, also took the opportunity to confirm that he has no plans to retire in the
next year or so. He still has his sights set on an Olympic medal in the marathon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
Games to add to the three Olympic gold medals on the track he already has in his collection.

“That is the one [medal] missing in my cabinet,” he reflected.

If Bekele is successful in Tokyo and wins over the classic distance, he would become the oldest Olympic marathon gold medallist, an honour currently held by Portugal’s Carlos Lopes who was 37 when he won in 1984. Heading the TSK25K women’s field, after the recent withdrawal of former world half marathon record holder Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, will be two fellow Kenyans Helah Kiprop and Valentine Kipketer.

The full elite field for both the men’s and women’s races can be found on the TSK25K website here.

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TSK 25K registration window at Health and Fitness Expo with Ganguly

Route map unveiled & Fortis Hospitals outlines medical facilities available for race day

Kolkata, Dec 13: Even as the city gets restless for World Champion Kenensia Bekele, a lucky few may still have a chance to be at the starting line of the TSK 25K even though registration has closed for a good seven days now.

 

Distance Running is a mass participative sport and an event of this stature and scale requires massive coordination between all the stake holders at various levels to ensure an enhanced running experience for all participants. For the fourth edition of the event, Procam International, promoters of the event, outlined the race day arrangements, medical facilities and unveiled the route map for the event.

 

Present on the occasion were Hugh Jones, Race Director, Dr Sanjukta Dutta, Medical Director TSK25K and Head Emergency Fortis Hospital, Prasun Mukherjee, President West Bengal Athletic Association, Solomon Nessakumar, Dy Commissioner Traffic Kolkata and Vivek Singh, Jt MD, Procam International.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Singh, Jt MD, Procam International said, “ The response from the city has been phenomenal and the registrations figures reflect that. We are currently full with the registrations for the 10K, 25K and senior citizens category. A few spaces are available for the Ananda Run and the Champions for Disability run. So by race day we should be looking around at some 15,000 participants. We would like to thank all our partners including the Kolkata Police and Debashish Kumar, who have supported the event since its inception and contributing to the success of TSK25K.

 

Adding to this Race Director, Hugh Jones said, “I’ve been involved with Procam and the events in India since 2004 and it is wonderful to see the scale and growth of this event. This year is a big step for us with all the international athletes and specially Bekele making his running debut in India. I am sure with the right weather conditions, it is going to be a race to remember.”

 

Fortis Hospital have been partnering TSK 25K for the last three years and have been impeccable in giving medical attention to the runners. This year the arrangements are even bigger as the race goes international.

 

“It is wonderful to be the medical partner for TSK25K 2017 for the third consecutive year. Kolkata is not considered a very athletic city. The people of this city are running marathon with such enthusiasm and the number of participants are increasing every year which itself is amazing. TSK25K is definitely one of the best platforms for encouraging healthy lifestyle among people in Kolkata. Our medics are committed to treat injuries and prevent any form serious medical consequences during the run. Our doctors will be on the bikes and promptly provide any medical help needed to the runners throughout the route. We shall also be having our ACLS Ambulances standby at strategic locations for any further eventuality along with our trained team of 80 medics and paramedics manning the 25K route,” said Dr Sanjukta Dutta, Head – Emergency Services, Fortis Hospital.

Highlights of Race Day Arrangements:

 

  • Quantity of Bisleri Water:51390 Ltrs.
  • 30,000 ORSL Tetra packs will be distributed on special energy restoration stations.
  • There will be 5 Nestle refreshment zones from where Oranges will be given to the runners to keep them hydrated.
  • Arrangements have been made for a total of 150 Porta Pottys, from which 60 will be distributed in the holding areas at Red Road, while 40 will be stationed along the route.
  • Six Medical Stations on route & 1 Base Stations.
  • Ambulances:7
  • Doctors on Duty: 50 Doctors, 50 Physiotherapists & 100 plus Nurses.
  • Security Guards: Around 1000 throughout the event.
  • 100 Bouncers, 30 CC TV Cameras
  • Volunteers:  More Than 1300

Solomon Nessakumar, Dy Commissioner Traffic Kolkata who was also present said, “It’s an honour for the city that this year TSK25K has gone international and so many acclaimed sports people are part of the event. Within our infrastructure limitations, we have managed to create and international course for all the runners. From our end we are making sure that the race goes smooth and the traffic is not affected across the 25km course.”

 Nestlé Present’s Mirchi Get Active Health & Fitness Expo’ will give an opportunity for participants to still register in the Ananda run and Champions with Disability. The Expo will be conducted  from December 14 to 16 between 11 am and 7 pm  (Thursday & Friday) and 11 am to 5pm on Saturday at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. The expo is a one-stop destination for runners and a unique opportunity for health, fitness and well-being enthusiasts to come together under one roof.

Registered participants will also get a chance to meet Event Ambassador Sourav Ganguly on Thursday, 14th Dec at 4.30 pm and TSK 25K International Event Ambassador Mike Powell on Saturday, 16th Dec at 11.00 am.

Race Start Timings

Race Category Start Time
25K Elite 6.40 am
25K Amateur 6.45 am
10K Police Cup 7.00 am
10K Open 7.10 am
Champions with Disability &

Senior Citizen’s Run  2km

8.25 am
Ananda Run 5km 9.10 am

 

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World Record long jumper Mike Powell urges people to take up running as part of life

Kolkata bowls the world Champion over with warmth and love

Kolkata, Dec 14: International Event Ambassador of TSK 25K Mike Powell today urged the people to come out in numbers and adopt running as a way of life. He will be at the starting line on December 17 and hoped to see a mini revolution as India wakes up to international racing.

“I would ask all the people to come out participate. I ask them to take their time and not compete against anyone. Just go out there and enjoy. Make it a part of your lifestyle. You will live longer and it will add to your brain power. It is easy and it is something that helps you build your life,” Powell said.

Then after a pause he added, “I will run the marathon at least once to say yes I did it. I run the treadmill and do it for almost 10K. But I have to run in the open once. I don’t know when, But I need to prepare my body for that.”

Asked about his first impression of the city, Powell said: “Crowded! very crowd. That’s the usual through, but I like it here. I live in Los Angles and I like the warm weather here. I feel at home. It is very familiar. I like the energy here and the buzz that goes around every time you walk out. I saw the line of shops and was thinking I should go out and shop one day.”

“I am very comfortable. The food is good, spicy and women beautiful. I can’t complain. I am a people person, so I like being around people it doesn’t bother me,” he added.

Speaking about the line up for the 25K, promoted by Procam International, he said: “This is the first year when Procam is taking it international. It is a definite plus to have a world champion like Keninsia Bekele. I am happy that it will be a great race and we will witness some great competition that day. It is pleasing that India is beginning to have the top notch races. Personally I am glad to be a part of it.”

Asked who would he rate as the greatest athlete ever, he said: “Carl Lewis is of course one of the greatest. Usain Bolt has been so dominant in the last few years. I think if he trained for long jump he would have made the 9 mts. And then there is Jessie Owens. He broke four World Records in one afternoon. I would put all three up there.”

On was he satisfied with his world record, he said: “I would have loved to finish at around 9.15 mts. But after you become the world champion your focus changes. Before setting up the record I was hungry, but after that I wanted to do too many things. If I finished above 9.10 mts I would have been more comfortable now.”

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Traffic Advisory – Tata Steel Kolkata 25 K

To prevent obstruction or inconvenience to the public in connection with the TATA  Steel Kolkata Marathon on 17.12.2017, all classes of vehicles and all kinds of traffic including pedestrian traffic for the city of Kolkata will be regulated in the manner prescribed below:-

 

  • Red Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 00 hrs on 16.12.2017 to 13.00 hrs or till completion of the Marathon on 17.12.2017.
  • Following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic from 00 hrs to 13.00 hrs or till completion of the Marathon on 17.12.2017:-

 

  • Mayo Road (west bound)
  • New Road
  • Casuarina Avenue
  • Queensway
  • Khidderpore Road
  • Lovers Lane
  • Hospital Road
  • Dufferin Road
  • Outram Road.

 

  • Traffic will be regulated/restricted from 00 hrs till completion of Marathon on the following stretch of roads on 17.12.2017 :-

 

  • Judges Court Road (from Kalighat Bridge up to Alipore Road crossing)
  • At Grade Road to AJC Ramp (from Hastings crossing to Zeerut Island)
  • Zeerut Bridge
  • Belvedere Road
  • R R Avenue (from Netaji Statue upto Kingsway crossing)
  • Kingsway (southern flank)
  • Strand Road, Eastern Flank
  • Hazra Road (from Kalighat Bridge upto Hazra crossing)
  • SPM Road, Western Flank
  • DPS Road, Western Flank (from Hazra crossing up to Golf Club Road).

 

  • South bound vehicles of Old Court House street may be diverted through Esplanade Row (East) / R R Avenue – J L Nehru Road / Mayo Road.
  • South bound vehicles of Strand Road may be diverted towards east along Kingsway, R R Avenue, Mayo Road for their southward journey.
  • North bound vehicles on S.P.M. Road may be diverted towards Pratapaditya Road and Abdul Rasul Avenue.
  • Tram services along Khidderpore Road / Dufferin Road / Hazra Road / S.P.M. Road / Judges Court Road will be suspended from 00 hrs to 13.00 hrs on 17.12.2017 or till the Marathon is over according to the direction of traffic police on duty.
  • Vehicular traffic may also be diverted/regulated/restricted on the following roads along the line of route of the Marathon as and when considered necessary by the traffic police on duty.

 

R R Avenue – Kingsway – Strand Road – St Georges Gate Road – Hastings Crossing – AJC  Bose Road – Belvedere Road – Alipore Road – Baker Road – Judges Court Road – Hazra Road – SPM Road – DPS Road – Prince Anwar Shah Road – Golf Club Road – D L Khan Road.

 

  • Vehicular traffic may also be diverted from any of the arterial roads and feeder roads by the traffic police on duty as and when considered necessary in the interest of the public on the aforesaid date and time mentioned above.

 

 

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81-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Contemplates Running His 12th Marathon

An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is considering running another marathon, which would be his 12th.
Nat Shaffir, a docent at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, runs 6 miles six days a week, rain or shine, and he didn’t start running until he was 65 years old.
This fall, he completed his eighth Marine Corps Marathon and he’s already thinking about his next one. He’s also run three other marathons.
Running gives him the chance to think, to contemplate and remember, even back to the fall of 1942.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/81-Year-Old-Holocaust-Survivor-Contemplates-Running-His-12th-Marathon-464021373.html

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Runner helps struggling marathon competitor cross the finish line

In a true act of sportsmanship, a runner was filmed helping a marathon competitor win the race after she began to collapse less than 200m from the finish line. Spectators at the Dallas Marathon in Texas this weekend observed an act of true sportsmanship after the lead runner in the women’s division collapsed just metres before the finish line.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/runner-helps-struggling-marathon-competitor-cross-the-finish-line/news-story/5d49181b361a6279138f56cd41e41d79

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