81-yr-old dashes 850 steps in 30 minutes flat

81-yr-old dashes 850 steps in 30 minutes flat

Age was no bar for two of the 650 people who took part in the Skyscraper dash organised in the City on Sunday. 

They were, an 81-year-old man and a six-year-old girl. The two, the oldest and the youngest ones to take part in the event, looked the least drained as they made it to the top of the World Trade Centre at Yeshwantpur, by climbing 31 floors (850 steps). Octogenarian Janardhan Bylahalli Raghunath, who spoke to Deccan Herald after the event, said it was his daily routine and experience that made the tedious task look simple. “It took me about 30 minutes to complete it.

I missed a similar event organised in Dubai. I decided not to miss this,” said the enthusiast who had cycled from his home in JP Nagar to the venue. When he was diagnosed with having epilepsy, he took it up as a challenge and began taking part in marathons. Pointing at six-year-old Sinchana who made it to the finish line, he said: “Youn­g­sters like her are my inspiration.” Sinchana, who studies in class one at Pathway School, was accompanied by her father. 

Sunday was a day to test of their fitness, as sporting enthusiasts opined that this one was unlike the rest. Nikhil Arora, managing director, Intuit India, who also took part in the dash, said, “The event was organised with an intention to promote health and fitness. It is something different from the other marathons. It is not about who comes first. It is about making it to the top.” Arora said crash diets would not be the ideal solution to keep fit and exercise was necessary for a sustainable lifestyle.

“For every person who climbed 31 floors, one rupee would be donated towards charity,” he said. 

Ajay Gupta, Founder, Sport365 and the organiser of the event, said, “Bangalore is the perfect place to arrange these kinds of events. It is a city that has an active set of sporting enthusiasts. This is a very unique event and people have shown immense interest in it. The turnout for this event was stupendous and encouraging.”

Vikee Parikh from Goldman Sachs won the Mount Everest Challenge. He bagged medals and a cash prize of Rs 20,000. The ‘2K Dash category’ (Women) was won by Soumya Sawanth, ‘2K Dash category’ (Men) by Rahul, the Dash category (Men) by Bharath and the Dash category (Women), Arpitha. The first, second and third prize winners were presented with Rs 7,500, Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,500 in cash respectively. 

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