Vasai-Virar Mayor Rajiv Patil, assures smooth, safe route devoid of potholes for Sunday's Marathon
With only a day to go for the inaugural edition of the Vasai-Virar Mayor's Marathon to be flagged off on Sunday, the race route continues to be uneven at quite a few places and the organisers have their hands full as far as rectifying the course is concerned.
Vasai-Virar Mayor Rajiv Patil (left) along with long distance runner Kavita Raut (in red) yesterday
When this reporter brought the issue to the notice of Rajiv Patil, Mayor of the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation, he said he would look into the matter and assured a smooth run.
"We will try and rectify all problems along the race route by Saturday evening. We will ensure the course will be safe to run on. We want people to support the cause of the event 'Save the Girl Child and Maintain Nature's Balance'," Patil told MiD DAY yesterday.
Organisers said that the route will be lined up with 14 water stations besides a fully equipped medical camp near the start line and nine medical stations along the route. There will be eight fully equipped ambulances. Former India sprint queen PT Usha has been roped in as brand ambassador for the event which will also feature Guangzhou Asian Games 10,000m silver medallist Kavita Raut.
Money matters >> Full marathon (men) Winner: R1,00,000 Runner-up: R75,000 Third place: R50,000 >> Half marathon (women) Winner: R51,000 Runner-up: R40,000 Third place: R30,000