Saturday, June 26, 2010

Chandigarh 'runs' for Commonwealth Games

Over a thousand people, including a toddler and a septuaganarian participated as the City Beautiful today celebrated the arrival of the Queen's Baton in India with its own mini event called the Commonwealth Games Run.

In the run, flagged off early in the morning from the Sukhna Lake by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas, the youngest runner was of 1.6 years of age while and the oldest was 78-year-old.

The event ended at the Bougainvillea Garden, completing the 2.5-km distance along the Sukhna Lake Road.

With the 100-day countdown to the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 having begun, the focus clearly shifted from cricket, Bollywood and politics to sports as the famous and the unknown, athletes and the stodgy, chefs and scientists, live-wires and the elderly, civilians and the men in uniform, all rose as one.

The first three positions were taken by the CRPF with Hari Shankar Sharma bagging the 1st position. Vikas Kumar and Ashok Kumar came 1st and 2nd runners up respectively and were given cash prizes worth Rs 10,000.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ram Niwas hailed the effort of the organisers, leading Ayurvedic diabetes drug Fenfuro, and stressed the role of every citizen to be a perfect host in making the international event a success.

The event was made a success by the keen participation of the members of CRPF, ITBP, NCC, IMA, Bharti Walmart, Desh Bhagat colleges, Verka and Chandigarh Traders, to name a few.

The participants were offered health drinks and refreshments at the Bougainvillea Garden.

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