Atharva revamps school, one run at a time
MANIPAL: The 32nd edition of Atharva, an annual management and cultural fest belonging to T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), included a marathon event ‘Run for a Cause’ which was held on January 13. The event was aimed at acknowledging the corporate social responsibility that TAPMI has actively been observing for a very long time with respect to a number of social causes. All proceeds generated from the event were donated to Academic Primary School (APS), Manipal with the intention of improving sanitation facilities, and all round educational infrastructure.
On their mark at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Greens, more than 900 participants ran along the stretch towards Indira Gardens onward Upendra Pai Circle at End Point Road, treading en route Syndicate Circle and repeating the course from there to briskly make their way to the finish line, returning to the flag off point. Points along the entire route were parked with 15 water stations and mobile ambulance services with the coordination of School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), and was backed by the security arrangements by the Manipal Police.
From a three and a half year old who came in at 168th position to a lively spirited senior grade mathematics professor at MIT encouraging fitness, Atharva had a diverse range of participants. First to finish at 13 minutes and 41 seconds was Chandan Kumar, a seasoned runner from Bangalore, followed by Brendon Presentation Mascarenhas of TAPMI, and Preetisha Shetty.
Taking place before the main event, an interactive Zumba session was conducted by Ms Sulaxini Nitin of Core Fitness Manipal and her group of students, for people of all ages. The masses mirrored the moves, stretched and warmed up to pop music that filled KMC Greens and its vicinity.
“I was in two minds about running the marathon because I have an exam tomorrow, but it looked like fun so I decided to chime in. No regrets!”, said Apurva, from Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS). The fitness event was also attended by the children of APS themselves.
Among the many present at the event was TAPMI Director, Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan who proudly commended the efforts taken by team Atharva and the Social Endeavor Group (SEG). “We always want to be a part of this kind of an initiative. As business schools, we are engrossed so much in corporate life that we rarely get to do something as exciting as this. This is something we are very passionate about, also because APS is close to our heart. We could not get a better cause than this to put a smile on the faces of the children. I am very pleased with the turnout of the event and am ascertained that it is a great start to commemorate Atharva,” he said.
Mr Abhijith Shankar, a representative from Scrummer, one of the sponsors of the event said, “It is good to be associated with TAPMI and MAHE. I look forward to having further involvement in similar events.”
Featured Image Courtesy: Ekta Sinha
Edited by: Niharika Nambiar