The Second edition of our Run for Wheels Marathon was held at Ganga Spine Injury Rehabilitation center, Koundampalayam, Coimbatore on 21st July, 2019. The Aim of this marathon was far bigger than what we intended in our first edition. We wanted to,
Let the Marathon Participants know the real cause they ran for and feel the importance of Para sports by arranging a high profile Wheelchair Basketball Match.
Buy Sports Wheelchairs from the fund raised through marathon and show the participants the part they played by joining this Run.
Felicitate Tamilnadu Wheelchair Basketball Women and Men team, who won 2nd and 3rd place in the National Tournament in June 2019, in the hands of our Honorable district collector and also in front of our Coimbatore Crowd.
Award the Coimbatore Wheelchair Basketball players, who represented Tamilnadu team in the National Tournament.
The amount of energy needed in organizing this event is tremendous and was perfectly supplied by the Cognizant Outreach Volunteers starting Saturday 20th June, 2019 morning. Participant running kit was distributed starting Saturday evening 4.00pm as planned and went on till 9.00pm. As the marathon day broke, Participants started flew in with more interest in enjoying the run and also to witness what was promised to be a memorable moment at the end of the Run.
Honorable Superintendent of Police Mr.Sujit Kumar I.P.S reached the venue sharp at 5.45am and took part in the Pre-Marathon Zumba conducted by the fitness partners ESFA team. As the Day dawn was seen, he flagged of the 10km run and also participated in the same run as a runner. The Chairman of Ganga hospitals, Prof Dr.S.Rajasekaran and his wife Mrs.Ramadevi together flagged of the 5km and 3km run. The entire Police team of SP office joined the 10km run along with Sujit sir.
With the help from the local Police, the heavy traffic in the morning was properly diverted and maintained. Participants were given the entire space of the mettupalayam road with minor traffic hurdles to enjoy the run. By near 7.00pm, most of the participants reached the ground for a Post-Marathon Zumba and our Tamilnadu Wheelchair Basketball Players started warming up for the grand show.
The honorable District Collector, Mr.Rajamani I.A.S, reached the ground by 7.15am and inaugurated the special match. The Match impressed every audience present in the campus and everyone started to feel every move of the players with atmost interest. At the end of first Quarter, Gunasekaran J, Founder of Sittruli Foundation, address the dignities and the crowd. He stressed on the need of a unique para sports academy, which is not available in the state, for differently abled played to practice their loved sport and excel in it. He also added that Coimbatore is one of the best places to build the academy as there are noble minds like Ganga, who built a professional Basketball court in 25 days for the wheelchair basketball training run by Sittruli Foundation. He also showed the two wheelchairs bought from the fund raised through the marathon.
Post the second half of the match, Honorable collector awarded the Tamilnadu team with the National Trophies. After which, he promised the players and crowd that he would take the proposal of Para sports academy to government and help to build the first academy in Coimbatore. Following which, Dr.Rajasekaran Sir thanked Collector and added that if government could lend the land for para sports academy, he could source funds upto Rs.10 Crores for building the academy.
Post the presentation, the match continued for the participants to enjoy and at the end of the Match, Mr.Sujit Kumar IPS honored the marathon winners and the coimbatore wheelchair basketball players on stage.
With more than what was intended covered in the Marathon and with almost all participants satisfied with what they have witnessed on the day, the marathon came to a successful closure. The Volunteering team marked the right closure by taking a group snap with the chief guests.
“We thank each and every noble heart, who supported and been with us in the successful completion of this second edition of Run for Wheels Marathon” – Sittruli Foundation.
Run for Wheels 2019 The Second edition of our Run for Wheels Marathon was held at Ganga Spine Injury Rehabilitation center, Koundampalayam, Coimbatore on 21st July, 2019. The Aim of this marathon was far bigger than what we intended in our first edition. We wanted to, Let the Marathon Participants know the real cause they ran [...]