Narendra Ugale and Payal Khanna won the inaugural edition of Indian Navy Half Marathon here in men and women’s categories respectively, with the event eliciting a good response from citizens.
The inaugural event organised at MMRDA Grounds got a good response and it was a resounding success with over 5,000 runners of all ages and genders participating, a defence spokesperson said in a release.
The half marathon was part of a wide spectrum of activities being organised by the Western Naval Command to commemorate the Navy Week 2016.
Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command, presided over the event and gave away prizes.
Luthra said the event will strengthen the Navy’s connect and bonding with people, especially the youth. It will now be conducted every year.
The runners, who had registered for the event across three categories – The Aircraft Carrier Run (21.1 km), the Destroyer Run (10km) and the Frigate Run (5km) – began assembling at the MMRDA Grounds at the Bandra Kurla Complex since the wee hours.
There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air as professional and amateurs alike gathered for the programme with great enthusiasm.