Runners prepare for eighth edition of half marathon

Runners prepare for eighth edition of half marathon

With marathons seeming to become popular in recent years, the focus on health and fitness has become a key feature of discussion.

The participation of women has also seen a rise in many such events. With these thoughts the launch of the eighth edition of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) 2015 saw many echoing the need of incorporating ‘hearty and happy’ living in daily lives.

“Earlier we did not have the evidence to prove that running can help one to stay fit. Now, according to a proven study, those who run marathons live three years longer than those who do not,” Dr Tamorish Kole, senior consultant and head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Healthcare, said at the conference.

The marathon scheduled for November 29 promises to bring more than 26,000 participants. Over the years, this annual race has become a part of capital’s ecosystem with Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu as the face of the event.

“I am hoping that I get to see more women participants this year, as it is believed that when the woman in the household takes the first step, the entire family follows,” Basu told Metrolife.

With its ‘Bhaago, Dilli Bhaago!’ campaign, the audio-visual presentation showcased the growing popularity of the marathon over the years. The event closed with mention of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the first person to register for the marathon.  The registrations are open till October 30 .