A city desired for its mouth-watering delicacies, Amritsar attested to the dawn of a healthy lifestyle this week. For the first time in history, our famed Heritage City, Amritsar, bore witness to a footfall of 3000 runners who lined up at precisely 5:30 AM for participating in their respective running categories in Ultratech Cement Amritsar Half Marathon.
The face of the Marathon, Randeep Hooda, a popular Bollywood actor among the youngsters, flagged off the event in the august presence of hon’ble Mayor Mr. Bakshi Ram Arora, Police Commissioner G. Nageswara Raj, Vice President of Coca-Cola Sanjeev Sharma, and MLA Om Prakash Soni.
Deepa Sahi, an actor of high stature in Bollywood film industry, couldn’t contain her amazement when she saw the number of people who turned up and shared that “Amritsar is now not just a food capital, but a health capital as well”, and Randeep Hooda, subtly stating the importance of health said, “Amritsar being the food capital, where you eat a lot, you should exercise as much, if not more”, and called this Marathon “a good reason to be out here in this glorious morning”.
Running for their respective Personal Best Timing, Runners in 21 Km (Half Marathon) followed their Pacers and exhibited their determination to complete the whole run. Beejel, one of the pacers for the 2Hr 30 Min BUS was not surprised to discern that lot of runners today also don't have an idea what the PACER is all about and how a PACER can value add to the runners running a marathon.
Minakshi, another PACER for 2Hr 30Min BUS shared the challenges faced by a PACER that one has to keep motivating and encouraging their BUS member so that they could complete the run in a stipulated time. All PACERS were seen nudging and supporting runners even after they had completed their run in Ultratech Amritsar Half Marathon. Vikram, who was the fastest PACER with 1:45 minutes, was seen almost going back 1-2 Km and urging other runners to complete the Half Marathon. Aman Thukral from Delhi, a podium finisher in 10 Km in his 30+ age category also went back and forth after finishing his run to ensure that each and every runner crossed the finish line, as it is strongly believed that “Every Finisher in a Marathon is a Champion.”
There were many runners like Sharanjeet, who came to run in their 1st ever Half Marathon and accomplished it successfully. Later on, she extended the credits to her hubby, Mandeep, for continuously motivating and guiding her to complete her 1st Half Marathon.
Run for Health/Walk saw a sea of people participating from diversified backgrounds. Among those were few special ones who were differently abled, but had spirits nothing less than the other runners participating in Ultratech Amritsar Half Marathon.
The 1st Marathon in the Heritage City had put the seed for good health and promises to be back next year with more zeal and enthusiasm.