Make a Difference
The area near NICE Tollgate at Hosakerehalli, Bengaluru witnessed a very different scene from the usual commute of vehicles in March. Morning of the 11th dawned with take-off of My Country Run, an annual marathon organised by Jain (Deemed-to-be University) to promote the culture of sportsmanship, health and fitness in the country.
Runners from Armed Forces along with families, schools, colleges, professionals from the corporate sector made the event a success by participating and running to support the marathon’s cause. Designed to disseminate the message that ‘healthy and fit citizens will march India towards growth and development’, My Country Run also attracted several senior citizens and specially challenged participants too.
The marathon had three segments, Elite 10K, Open 10K and Cool 5K. “Including three different categories provides people who have different levels of physical fitness to take part in the tournament,” informed the organisers.
The occasion was graced by Major General N S Rajpurohit- VSM, DCCI, ASC College and Centre, Bengaluru; Air Vice Marshal Kshirsagar, SMSO, Head Quarter, Training Command, Bengaluru; Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University); O Rajendran, Assistant Commander, CISF; Deepak Singh, Deputy Commander, Administration, BSF; RJ Shaayan Bhattacharya and Vinayak Joshi, Indian film and theatre actor. The Elite 10K and Open 10K was flagged off by Air Vice Marshal Kshirsagar and Dr. Chenraj Roychand. The Air Vice Marshal praised the organisers for seamless execution of the event. He also applauded the University for encouraging physical fitness. “ I am glad that Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has taken up such a great initiative to support the cause of sports.”
Dr. Chenraj Roychand reiterated the commitment of the University towards sports. “We always believe in the philosophy that healthy mind and fit body are essential for success. Sports in our country needs a big boost and My Country Run is an initiative to bring out the best sporting talents in our Country.”
Major General N S Rajpurohit flagged off the Cool 5K. “ I am extremely proud of the Bengaluru crowd that has turned up in thousands early in the morning for the run. It shows a proclivity towards health and fitness.” Dr. N. Sundararajan, the Vice Chancellor of the University also extended his support to the tournament. He expressed his faith in the growing popularity of the marathon. “Seeing such an overwhelming response to My Country Run is indeed gratifying. It has given us the confidence that we can take this marathon to the other cities as well.” The marathon has gained steady popularity amongst the people of Bengaluru. A consistent turn-around of people has something to say about it and so does their views on the event. “I am delighted to be a part of the My Country Run and I am confident that it will get bigger and bigger every year,” said Mr. Deepak Singh, Dy. Commander, Administration, BSF. Commenting on the idea behind the show, Dr. Shankar UV said, “With My Country Run we have created a sports ecosystem called ‘Prayas’ to identify and nurture talented sportsmen from across the country. We are indeed thankful to all the participants for joining hands with us to promote sports, health and fitness.”