Manipal Marathon 2018 sees repeat of enthusiastic turnout
Roads in and around Manipal were flooded with excitement, energy and enthusiasm when more than 6000 people took to the roads to make a lazy Sunday morning an industrious one on February 11.
The idea of organizing a marathon was initially formulated by the Manipal Runner’s Club in 2016. With the tagline, ‘Drug-free is the way to be’, mainly aimed at bringing about a social change, the run was organized for the second consecutive year. Inspired by last year’s turnout, one more category ‘5k timed run’ was added this year, along with four other categories; Half Marathon (21 km), 10 km timed run, and 5 km and 3 km fun run) from last year. These categories were further divided into three sub-categories for different age groups. The sub-categories ranged from the age group of 10 to 56 years and above.
Runners huddled up at the starting point minutes before the race commenced from the road adjacent to the manipal.edu building. || Photograph Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra
The half marathon was the first to commence, with runners getting off the mark at 6 a.m. from the bustling KMC Greens. The runners navigated through Doddanagudde, Kodankur, Udupi, Maruni Veethika and Rudrapriya Nagar during the course of the marathon. The 10 km runners followed suit and ran through the DC office complex, Doddanagudde and Kunjibettu. Runners in the timed category of 5 km went through the areas around town with the DC office being a focal point. The Manipal Marathon was backed by the support of as many as 85 students of SOAHS (School of Allied Health Sciences) and Volunteer Services Organization (VSO) members deployed at each water point along the route and at the medical tent near KMC Food Court. The marathon’s security was taken care of by the Manipal Police to prevent any untoward incident.
Cash prizes in various categories were awarded to the winners by the dignitaries including Dr. Narayan Sabahit, Registrar, MIT, Dr. Surendra Shetty, Pro Vice-Chancellor, MAHE and Dr. HS Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, MIT among others. Kantilal hit the finishing line in a little more than an hour, sweating and panting but smiling with satisfaction. He bagged the first prize in the men’s 21.1 km (open category) receiving a prize money of ₹ 75,000. Manchodari closely followed, bagging the second prize and a cash prize of ₹ 10,000 in the same category. The third prize in the category was bagged by Rudrappa.
“Even though I am a government servant in the Indian Railways, I have been running professionally for past 7-8 years. This was my first 21 kilometre run and I am happy to win a medal in my first attempt itself”, said Manchodari with a big smile. He also asserted that diet is an important part of an athlete’s life and he shall spend the prize money on ensuring the maintenance of his athleticism.
Edited by Shivani Singh
Featured Image Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra