(19/11/2017) Delhi :
Larger parts of central Delhi was out of bound for vehicular traffic as Delhiites came out in full-force to become a part of 10th version of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. Amid hazardous level of air pollution in the capital few days back, there were many apprehensions regarding the expected turnout, however participants amazed everyone as the number of runners in all categories combined broke the last years record.
As per initial numbers around 35,000 people took part in this remarkable half marathon that has become an integral part of Delhi’s event calendar. Organizers claim that a whopping 13,000 people took part in 21 Kilometer long half-marathon whereas 18,000 turned up for 6 KM long The Great Delhi Run.
The other categories including costume run, senior citizen run and Champions with Disability also witnessed good participation.
Many runners made it a point to spread social awareness message through this run. Social causes such as Save Rivers, Ban tobacco, clean air etc. also dominated the race route as groups of people shouting slogans and holding banners moved through the route.
Clean Air Next Year :
The issue of air pollution and social messages regarding the same was not lost amid the marathon fever. A large group of marathon runners carried a massive banner of “Clean Air, Next Air” throughout the marathon route. Many marathon participants were also seen wearing pollution mask during the Run.
Organizers also have made exemplary preparation to deal with any pollution related issues in runners. Ambulances equipped with paramedic staff and oxygen cylinders kept moving throughout the route at rapid intervals. Volunteers handed out packed ORS solutions and mineral water bottles to keep everyone hydrated and going.
In all, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon embezzled the true spirit of Delhi- The city of diversity and participants of all ages and gender exhibited true sportsman spirit as they kept encouraging one another to keep going and keep running.