The Great India Run flagged off from India Gate

New Delhi : The Great India Run, India's first multi-city marathon, was flagged off by Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and former World Championship bronze medallist Anju Bobby George at the India Gate here today. The 1480 km long run, multi-city marathon features 15 of the best ultra-marathoners from across four continents of Asia, Africa, US and Europe in its inaugural edition.We can promote our country through sports. It plays a great deal in contributing to unite countries.

And this time in Rio Olympics, I think there is a good hope that athletes will get more medals for the country," Mr Rijiju said. The 'Great India Run', which is being organised just ahead of the Rio Olympics, is an attempt at inspiring the people to take up running as a regular activity in life. The event will also see a five km 'Fun Run' at every pit stop (Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Silvassa and Mumbai) for beginners. The marathon will also have celebrity athletes like Gul Panag and 'ironman' Milind Soman, who will run a special stretch of 570 km from Ahmedabad to Mumbai via Silvassa.

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