Running for a legacy – Manipal Marathon 20202 min read
MANIPAL: Thousands of enthusiastic runners took to the streets of Manipal to participate in the fourth edition of the Manipal Marathon, hosted on February 9 by Manipal Runner’s Club (MRC) and Volunteer Services Organisation (VSO) in association with Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).
For the first time since its genesis in 2017, the marathon witnessed a full-fledged 42K race, which was flagged off by Girish Sehgal, Wealth Management Head, ICICI Bank Ltd. The marathon also organised 21km, 10km and 5km runs along with a 3km ‘fun-run’.
The full marathon (42.195 kilometres) and the half-marathon (21.098 kilometres) in this year’s edition were certified by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), making it one of the only student-led marathons in the country to be accredited.
The 42K run began at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Greens and went through Udupi-Malpe. Stephen Kosher, a Kenyan national, won the marathon by finishing the 42K run first, in a record time of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
The annual marathon is themed differently every year, each theme raising awareness for a particular cause. This year’s theme was “Organ Donation – Let your legacy run beyond you”. It was aimed at shedding light on the importance of organ donation and the urgent need for organ donors. “Whatever revenue is earned (from the marathon), apart from all the expenses, will go towards organ donation and social causes,” said Nischal Hebbar, Carnival Co-ordinator, Manipal Marathon 2020.
Apart from the races, runners were kept in high spirits throughout the event with dance and Zumba performances by various dance troops and instructors from Mangalore and Manipal. Carnival, the warm-down event, hosted a variety of sports like Futsal and Cricket that entertained the runners after they finished the marathon.
Featured Image Courtesy: Abhishek Manoharan
Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman