Manipal runs for retinoblastoma awareness2 min read
Manipal: With two weeks to go for the Manipal Marathon, a 4 km ‘Promo Run’ to create awareness about retinoblastoma was organized by Manipal University in association with Manipal Runners Club (MRC) and Proton Sports and Fitness on Sunday.
350 runners, including 60 school students from the region, participated in the run that also marked the announcement of ‘Manipal Marathon’, scheduled to happen on March 5, 2017. The evening run commenced from KMC greens, passed via the university building, Manipal police station, Venugopal temple and the MIT campus to reach KMC greens again.
Timing chips were provided to the registered runners while the other runners were non-timed. The participants were a mixture of students, professors and families among which there were 16 children from the Bijapur slum in Udupi and over 40 students from a school for the underprivileged in Rajiv Nagar, near TMA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI). Speaking to The Manipal Journal, Siddharth Jain, head organizer of the Manipal Marathon and a 4th year student at MCOPS said, “Runs are a great place to raise awareness about certain issues. We connected with retinoblastoma awareness because we were shocked by the statistics of the disease and not many know what it is. We hope we are able to support the cause and donate money for the patients”.
The event was also graced by the likes of amateur cyclist Ankush Sharma and Tim Tim Sharma, the fastest Indian to finish the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2014. Both sportspersons guided the participants with the warm-up drill while Chords and Co, a music community in Manipal hosted a concert over the course of the event.
The promo run signaled the start of a busy period of festivities in the University town with the upcoming Manipal Marathon and the launch of ‘Pre-Revels’, a lead-up to Revels, the annual cultural fest of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
Featured Photograph: Ganesh Indrali, MIT Live