Now in its 6th edition, the Goa Marathon 2017 which was held recently attracted more than 5500 marathoners from all across the country. Similar to previous years, the Marathon featured four races – the 21 km Half Marathon, 10 K Run, 5 km Dream Run and the School Run for children under 14 and 16 years of age. The 10K Run and the School Run continued to be large crowd pullers.
The half marathon attracted runners from all over India and overseas in the men and women’s open category. The 21km was flagged off at 6 a.m. from the Campal Ground, Panaji with runners progressing across the streets as they experienced the rustic charm of Old Goa, turning around at St Peter’s Church and back to the start point. The winners for the 21km run were first place to Ranjit Singh (01.07.38), second place to Praveen Pawar (01.11.06), third place to Vicky Singh (01.12.53) under the men’s open category. And first place to Supriya Mali (01.25.48), second place to Rajashri Sunil Tarihat (01.33.36), third place to Ankit Ankush Palekar (01.45.37) from India under the 21K women’s open category.
The 10 K run saw locals from Goa participating in large numbers. The run was flagged off at 6.15 a.m. from the Bandodkar Ground, Panaji, and progressed along the banks of the Mandovi River moving towards Raibandar and back to the start point. The winners for the 10km Men Open run were first place to Amarnath Chauhan (00.33.13), second place to Teddy Davecelia Cardozo (00.33.19), and third place to Amit Ramesh Patil (00.34.18) from India under the 10K Men’s Open category. And first place to Heena Hemant Mali (00.38.42), Shruti Narayan Gojekar (00.41.04), Ankita Menon (00.49.25) from India under the 10k Women’s Open category.
The Dream Run (5km) had several corporates groups particiapating. The Marathon also drew participation from runners groups all across the country including the Susegad Runners Group from Goa, Fitness Freaks, Aamhi Antruz Runners from Ponda. Novotel Goa Shrem Resorts, Candolim bagged the trophy for ‘Largest Corporate Team’ with 125 runners across different races. The School Run saw schools sending in large groups of children with Mary Immaculate Girls High School bagging the ‘Trophy for the School with Maximum Participation’ with 180 students participating across the four race categories.The event organised by El Shaddai Charitable Trust and is supported by the Goa Athletic Association and Council for the City of Panjim.
Speaking on the occasion Matthew Kurian, Founder Trustee – El Shaddai Charitable Trust said, “The Goa Marathon is mainly organised to create awareness about health in Goa and encourage more people to run as a habit. Apart from this we are also seeking to create awareness and raise funds for the work of our organisation of addressing the needs of the poor in society.”