Pune: Every single day, newspapers are filled with headlines of gruesome crimes committed against women. We don’t need to look at statistics to confront the horrid truth. It is indeed a scary time to be a woman. On 22nd March 2015, Pune city didn’t just stand in support of women’s safety..they ran!
The Run for a Cause’ initiative aimed at bringing to light different issues that plague our society and in its 2nd edition; it brought to the forefront the issue of women’s safety. Working closely with the Pune Police Force on this project and part of the proceeds collected via registration will be donated to them to make the city safer, the event witnessed over 2000 puneites to support the same.
The marathon was flagged off by actor Jackie Shroff, Pune DCP Crime Branch Mr. Jayant Naiknavare and Donor and Sponsor Ms Sheetal Biyani
Enthusiastic Punekars started the 7km run from the Sanas Sports Ground at Saras Baug. It was heartening to see people from all walks of life..the young and the old, united for this important cause. In the end, Uma Lalaji Chorghe and Pandurang Manohar Chopde were the first to reach the finishing line in the women’s and men’s categories respectively. 10 years old Nakul Godse and 12 years old Deepika Bodekar were the youngest runners while 75 year old Mangala Gokhale was the oldest and most spirited participant.
The runners were cooled down and entertained on this hot morning by representatives from the Bikram Yoga Institute and Piyush Malhotra Dance Studio.
All in all, it was indeed a spirit to remember.
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