The run celebrates the Amrit Mahotsav of the 75th Independence and the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. The run is based on the success of the first chapter of the Great India Run held in 2016. The relay-run from August 5 to August 15 will cover a distance of 829 km from Srinagar to New Delhi in 4 states.
The flag off in Ambala was done by former cabinet minister Vinod Sharma, Mayor Ambala Shakti Rani Sharma and Rajya Sabha MP Kartikeya Sharma.
The event was attended by Olympic bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, former Indian cricketer and BCCI selector Ritinder Singh Sodhi, renowned para-athletes Simran Vats, Neeraj Yadav and Asian bronze medalist rower Rohit Kumar. In support of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, dignitaries and athletes handed over a national flag to the lead runner at the venue by unfurling the national flag. The race is being led by ultra-marathon runner Arun Bhardwaj.
In the final leg of the run, the runners will cover a distance of 214 and the route will cover Ambala, Panipat, Sonipat and Kharkoda and finally culminate in New Delhi on 15 August.
“It is wonderful to be in Ambala for the flag ceremony. This run is dedicated to the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign to celebrate the elixir of freedom and I am proud to be associated with it. The race from Kashmir to Ambala will take the runners to their destination. Faced with harsh weather conditions to reach and I am sure they will retain the same intensity and determination in the journey ahead.Also, I am especially looking forward to the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir, Central Forces, Police and Indian Would like to thank the Army. Their support and helping us during the Kashmir leg and flagging off at Lal Chowk,” said Karthikeya Sharma.
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