GUWAHATI, Aug 31 � The students of�Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) organized the Guwahati Half Marathon�today.
The Half Marathon, a one-of-its-kind event organized wholly by a student community, is a part of�Techniche, the annual techno-management festival of IIT-G. The 16th edition of Techniche will be held at the IIT Guwahati campus from September 4 to 7, a press release said.
The event started with the professional�s marathon of 21-km run in the morning at the Sonaram High School. Professional runners from 11 different States participated in the run. This was followed by the 6-km run for the general public in which many participants took part. The run covered places like MG Road, Ferry Ghat, Nehru Park, B Borooah Road and culminated at the Nehru Stadium. There was also a painting competition organized for people who could not join the marathon but wanted to be a part of the energy and fun.
Ever since its inception in 2009, the marathon has evolved coherently over the years to currently stand as the largest half-marathon in the Northeast. This year�s marathon was�attended by renowned director Shimit Amin of Chak�De! India, Rocket Singh and Ab Tak Chhappan fame. He is also the chief guest and brand ambassador for the event.
Different schools, colleges and various organisations came forward to participate in the event to win the prestigious winners tag and the championship. Total prizes worth Rs 3 lakh were given to the winners apart from trophies and certifications given for the top three teams.
Amin, while addressing the crowd, said,��Running together brings a lot of energy which I could feel today. Participating is more important than winning in huge events like these. This was a morning full of action where people had come from different States of India.�