Marathon held to celebrate 600 years of Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Dec.26 (ANI): Scores of enthusiasts, including physically challenged, participated in a marathon organised to celebrate the 600 years of Gujarat here on Sunday.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi flagged of the marathon.

The marathon had three separate categories like flower marathon, half marathon and specially-abled marathon.

Different distances were allocated for different categories whereas the longest marathon was set for 42 kilometers, which commenced from Ahmedabad.

Modi said by this event Gujarat is writing its name on the map of marathon for the first time.

"Today it's a day of pride for Gujarat as for the first time Gujarat is writing its name on the map of marathon and the marathon, which will be starting in Gujarat, is of around 43 kilometers," said Modi.

Apart from Gujarat, athletics from 14 different states and around 40 athletics from across the world participated in the marathon.

"Around 500 places in the world are there who conducts marathon every year but now on the occasion of Gujarat's golden jubilee, it is on the map of marathon. I would like to welcome and greet the people who have participated in the marathon," said Modi.

Many dignitaries were present to participate and promote the marathon. By Uday Adhvaryu (ANI)

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