May 5, 2020, 10:36 AM
From Left: Ashish Agrawal from Nagpur, Jayesh Agrawal from Raipur and Rishi Lunawat from Dhamtari

More than 3000 people from across India and some other parts of the world participated in a virtual indoor run, which was held on May 2, to pay tribute to doctors, police personnel and NGOs for fighting COVID-19 with all their might.

The virtual run called ‘Run4warriors’ was a free virtual indoor run/walk organized by Orange City Runners Nagpur, Raipur Runners Raipur, Rajnandgoan Runners and Dhamtari Runners and was supported by Yash Raikar from Runbuddies Club. The run got more than 3500 registrations from runners from across India and places like USA, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia.

Ashish Agrawal, an OCR Project Director and Coordinator of the virtual run said, “For runners, this was the best way to salute the Corona warriors. Technology helped us big way in connecting to people through social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.”

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Prashant Gurjar, a 62-year-old member of Orange City Runners said, “This indoor run was a symbol of our solidarity and support to the extraordinary dedication of the Corona Warriors. Jetane Gopwani added, “The beauty of this virtual run was that many people who are generally not able to show up to a race on a certain time and day or who are intimidated by running with other people in their first race, also participated.”

Rajendra Jaiswal, who has completed Ironman, said that it was great that the run enabled runners to run with each other without being on roads. Physiotherapist Dr Neena Sahu, who participated in the run, said “The virtual run was part of my recovery from routine indoor workout. It was the first indoor virtual run since lockdown, so I took it pretty slow and included walk breaks.”

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