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The first ever Nagpur City Police Marathon 2017 with the theme – Let’s Run For Safe Nagpur - was organised today by Nagpur City Police. The marathon which kick started from Shivaji Stadium, Police Headquarters, Katol Road, Nagpur, saw a participation from more than 10,000 Nagpurians. The marathon was organised to create awareness among citizens and also to strengthen the relationship between the police and citizens. The marathon started at 6 am and was flagged off by Principal District and Sessions Judge Pushpa V Ganediwala. Before the marathon started, DCP Deepali Masirkar and Senior PI Ashok Bagul guided the marathon runners with special instructions.
Fitness enthusiasts started running for the categories – 3kms, 5kms, 10kms and 21kms - at 6 am, 6:30 am (5kms and 10kms) and 7 am respectively. The marathon route was as follows: Police Line Takli → Seminary Hills → Futala Lake → Ambazari Lake → Ramnagar → Ravi Nagar → Futala Lake → Vayusena Nagar → CGO Complex → Gondwana Club → Ramgiri Walkers Street → GPO Square → AyakarBhavan → Seminary Hills → Police Line Takli.
Along with running for the marathon, many people were seen enjoying a special Zumba session conducted by MD Zumba and Dance Academy. It was quite a fascinating sight to see the Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham, Principal District and Sessions Judge Pushpa V Ganediwala, DCP Ranjan Sharma, DCP Deepali Masirkar, DCP Ravindra Pardesi, Senior PI Ashok Bagul and other police officials on one stage and participating in the Zumba session by shaking a leg together.
While speaking to Nation Next about the - Nagpur City Police Marathon 2017 - Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham said, “I would like to thank each and every participant at the Nagpur City Police Marathon 2017 for their participation and support. We are extremely delighted to see such energy and enthusiasm from the citizens. We were expecting a participation of 5,000 people but with everyone’s support, more than 10,000 people have participated today. It’s just fantastic.”
Informing about the safety arrangements done for the runners at the marathon, Dr K Venkatesham added, "We have arranged six well equipped ambulances with a doctor and his team, energy drinks and drinking water for the marathon runners. Direction boards and road markings have also been placed to inform runners about their route. To manage the city’s traffic and take care of runners we placed three policemen at each square."
Nagpur City Police Marathon 2017 got over by 10:30 am and was followed by a prize and medal distribution ceremony in the presence of the Principal District and Sessions Judge Pushpa V Ganediwala, Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham, DCP Ranjan Sharma, DCP Deepali Masirkar, DCP Ravindra Pardesi and Senior PI Ashok Bagul.
Here's a glimpse of Nagpur City Police Marathon 2017!
Video shot and edited by: Himanshu Pal
Voice-over: Amar Ashok Jajoo
Pictures by: Himanshu Pal and Suyash Sethiya