Thousands ran against drug abuse as Chandigarh held Punjab Half Marathon early on Monday. The event with the theme Run Against Drug Abuse has been organised to raise awareness on the menace of drug abuse.
A bi-annual event, Punjab Half Marathon was kicked-off at 5.30 am from Chandigarh Club, Sector 1 and the participants ran across three categories: 21 km (half marathon), 10 km and 5 km, which were timed runs, and a 3-km fun run. Kamaljot Brar, DIG RPF, was the chief guest on the occasion and also participated in the 21-km run for women in the 51-60 age group, in which she won the second prize as she finished in 2:54:13 hours.
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The 21-km (male/ female) run included age groups of 18 to 30 years, 31 to 40 years, 41 to 50 years, 51 to 60 years, 61 to 70 years, and 71+ years. In the 10-km run, under 18, 19 to 40 years, 41 to 50 years, and 51+ years, were the various groups. In the 5-km timed run, top three each in the male and female category were awarded, and was open for all.
The cut-off timings for timed runs of 21 km (timed run) was 3.30 hour, 10 km (timed run) was 1.30 hour, and 5 km (timed run) was 45 minute.
Around 10 participants from France, Canada, Germany and the US participated in the marathon.