Manipal Runs For Mental Health
MANIPAL: The 2019 edition of the Manipal Marathon was conducted by the Manipal Runner’s Club (MRC) in an effort to spread awareness amongst the people of the town regarding mental health on Sunday, February 17.
There were several different run categories based on distances for people to participate in. The categories included were 3 km, 5 km, 21 km runs and several other untimed ‘fun- run’ categories. The first flag off from Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Greens was done as early as 5:30 in the morning.
The runners came from all backgrounds, ranging from school children to senior citizens. The event was also graced by several dignitaries from the colleges in Manipal. Several families came together to run this marathon. Some people ran hand-in-hand while others held up posters. “I run to remember the martyrs of my country,” said a signboard held by one of the runners.
“This is the third edition of the Manipal Marathon that we are participating in and for some of us it is our last year here so it is a big deal for us. We are focusing on mental health awareness this time because of some of the recent happenings around this place. The Student Support Centre (SSC) is helping us through this, they even have a stall put up to encourage people to openly talk about mental health. We are hoping for the best. It is a pretty good sign that most of Manipal is here early and awake!,” said Tilothima Gautham, a student of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) and one of the organisers.
The marathon was a large scale event, planned by 400 volunteers from across Manipal.
Before the start of the marathon there was a Zumba team that was helping the runners warm up and prepare themselves for the run. Volunteer Services Organisation (VSO) also organised Carnival de Manipal at KMC greens towards the end of the various runs that included photo booths and fun games for adults and children alike to participate in post the marathon.
“This is a very lively event. I have been part of several marathons but there is so much diversity amongst the crowd here. There are elders and there are toddlers with their parents. You can sense the excitement, it was a true learning experience,” said one of the participants when asked about their takeaway from the event.
Featured Image Courtesy: Ekta Sinha
Edited by: Niharika Nambiar