Lucknow: With the break of dawn, over 1,200 health and fitness enthusiasts rubbed shoulders with each other to participate in the ‘Lucknow Run 2023’ on Sunday.
As they matched their footsteps, their collective effort to convey the message of living a healthy life resonated in the air.
Participants from all sections of society gathered to send the message for better health and fitness in the event organised at the GD Goenka public school, Aashiana.
The ‘Federal Bank Lucknow Run’ was organised in four categories, 21 km, 10 km, 05 km, and 03 km. The 21km Run was flagged off by Gen Mukesh Chadha, Chief of Staff, Central Command, while the 10 km Run by Ritu Suhas IAS, Qasim Abidi IPS, & CBSE Sahodaya Team and 3 & 5 km Runs by Durga Shankar Mishra, chief secretary Uttar Pradesh.
“Since our lifestyle and daily routine have changed and more so after the pandemic, we should be conscious of our fitness and health.” said Mishra.
“To spread the message of good health and prosperous lifestyle among people and to promote the culture of sports in the country are the main objectives of this half marathon.” said Sarvesh Goel, organiser of the Lucknow Run.
Gramin bank assistant manager Hemendra Pratap Singh said, “Running is my passion and it makes me happy when I run in an event like this.”
Dignitaries like additional chief secretary Anil Kumar, IAS Anurag Yadav, principal secretary Anil Kumar, regional director Reserve Bank of India, Lucknow, Dr Balu Kenchappa, Ironman Kishlay Rai, principals and teachers of renowned schools of the city were present on the occasion and flagged off the different runs.
Female winners of the 21Km run were Prem Lata Gupta, Asha Singh and Capt Shipra Rai, while in the 10Km run, male winners Ritesh Mishra, Ravi Raghav and Kamal Saini and among females Pooja Nishad, Diana Velardre and Shivani Chauhan took the first, second and third spots, respectively.
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