Coimbatore, Jan 30 (PTI) Nearly 10,000 people, includingschool boys and girls, participated in the Coimbatore MiniMarathon, covering about 10 kms, to spread the message of''Healthy Living, Happy Living - Fight Obesity'', here today.
Organised by the Sports Development Authority of TamilNadu (SDAT), in collaboration with the city-based GemHospital, the successful runners were felicitated and awardedcash prizes worth a combined Rs 50,000.
Those who clinched the top three spots in each category-- boys, girls, men and women -- gained entry into the ChennaiMarathon to be held there next month. Their participation willbe sponsored by the SDAT.
Earlier, the Mini Marathon was flagged off by State RuralIndustries Minister, Pongalur N Palanisamy.
The anti-obesity campaign also saw an essay competitionbeing held, where more than 200 students from differentschools and colleges wrote on the topic ''Obesity - the diseaseof 21st century''.
The City Police Commissioner, C Sylendra Babu, gave awaythe awards and certificates, in the presence of Dr CPalanivelu, the chairman of Gem Hospital.