'Good to see huge participation'

The former 100M world record holder, who arrived in the City on Friday as the brand ambassador for the Sunfeast 10K run, swept the fans off their feet with his charm and grace at the Sree Kanteerava stadium on Sunday.

Continuously swamped by autograph-seeking fans, the American obliged all of them and also entertained requests for a ‘priceless’ photograph with him. Elated at the very good response to the event, Greene said he was happy to see the number of participants climb by over 5,000 this year. “It feels good to see such a huge number of people participating.”

A star in many parts of the world even after his retirement, Greene credited his fame and success to hard work, adding that while he might no longer be an active competitor, he has not stopped practising. “It is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated even now.
Although I have retired, I still practice hard to keep myself fit,” he observed.

While Greene was just a spectator, India’s well known super-model and actor Milind Soman hit the road for a cause. Soman, a cause ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI), said running he was no stranger to running. “I run an average of 60-70 kilometers a week. I have come here on behalf of MSSI,” said Soman.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone also made her way in as the brand ambassador, accompanied by father Prakash Padukone. Former national long jump and heptathlon champion Reeth Abraham also expressed joy at the massive response but felt let down due to the lack of audience. “Although more people have participated this time around, the audience hasn't grown. Probably, the spectators have turned into participants!” she quipped.

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