Hyderabad: Lights, camera, music and flag off was the call of the hour at the picturesque Husainsagar Lake, Necklace Road at 5 am as the Hyderabad Marathon was flagged off by the city police commissioner M. Mahender Reddy here. The event saw over 10,000 runners the youngest being an eight-year-old and the oldest being 83 — from various cities across the country and a handful of international runners making it the second biggest marathon of the country.
Volunteers in red t-shirts were spread across the marathon route to help runners along the path; the ones in green collected the waste left behind right from the start point to the Gachibolwi stadium. And then there were the professional runners who ran along with sign cards of distance and cheered along the tired runners to help them finish the run. Along the way there were refreshment counters and bands performing live music along with the occasional mirchi bonda and lemonade.
Karan Singh from the Indian Army finished the full marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 57 seconds to win the 42.2 kilometre run.Having won the Mumbai marathon earlier this year, Karan will now represent the Indian Army at the World Military Marathon. “I am happy that I will be representing the Army but I have my eyes on the Olympics and will continue to train hard,” the 25-year-old said.
As promised Telangana Minister for Information Technology & Panchayat Raj K. Taraka Rama Rao ran the 5 km marathon along with his daughter and brought along Rana Daggubati, the Telugu actor for company. Interestingly Mr. Rao, finished ahead of Rana....