By Sohel F Fidia :
Promoting fitness in the long run, thousands of Mumbaikars assembled in the scenic heart of suburban Mumbai, Juhu. The Parinee Juhu half marathon was divided into two timed race events of 21km and 10km besides an untimed race of 4km, each of which culminated at the starting point, that is the Jamnabai Narsee School Grounds. With fitness icon Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador who has been imparting continual support since the inception of the marathon, this year, actors Zayed Khan and Sonnalli Seygall made their presence felt at the flag-off, bright and early at 5:30 in the morning!
The route was through the tree-covered JVPD bylanes commencing from Jamnabai Narsee School Grounds, and crossing the iLoveMumbai sign, JW Marriott, Juhu Promenade to the newly renovated Lions Garden towards Bandra National College finally reaching Amarson store in Bandra and then taking U-turn from there to finally ending at Nana Nani Park – Versova.
The fourth edition of the Parinee Juhu Half Marathon witnessed the facilitation of a noble and charitable cause, paediatric heart surgeries! Organized by Get Fit through Sports Foundation and the Rotary Club of Mumbai Airport under the aegis of Maharashtra State District Athletic Association (MSDAA), the certification issued by the Parinee Juhu Half Marathon is valid for all major marathons. The event was followed by prize distribution at the hands of the celebrities.
Bharat Kapadia, Chairman of GetFit Thru Sports Foundation said, “It is always a pleasure to be associated with the Parinee Juhu Half Marathon. Collectively, all of us have done a mountain’s work in very less time and I’m glad we could pull this sporting event off so well!”
Biren Parekh, President of Rotary Club of Bombay Airport averred, “Our hearts beat for theirs! Our club tries its best to take responsibility of these children. Through sheer dedication and collective effort, we have made this marathon possible for the fourth time now!”
“It was indeed a pleasure to have Zayed and Sonnalli to be part of the marathon from the flag-off at 530am early in the morning to until after 9am where they distributed the prizes to the worthy winners!” signed off Atul Parekh, Vice Chairman of Get Fit Thru Sports Foundation. Every participant who made it to the finish line emerged as a winner and won a well-deserved medal!