Thousands to take Part in First International Marathon Along Dal Lake

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Apart from the 21-kilometre half-marathon that will feature professional runners from India and abroad, thousands are expected to take part in a five kilometre "fun run" in Srinagar.

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir:  Excitement level is peaking in Srinagar as there are less than 48 hours to go for the first international half marathon, aimed to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle in Jammu and Kashmir.

Runners can be seen in the mornings, preparing for the marathon that will be held on Sunday along the banks of the iconic Dal Lake.

A member of the Foreshore Athletic Group, Yawar told NDTV, "We are getting training from professionals, who boost us always... We want such events should happen in Kashmir."

"I AM THE CHANGE" is theme of the run organised by BIG 92.7 FM, to provide a platform for the locals to stand for social causes like saving Dal Lake, fighting drug abuse, and keeping the city clean. It will also promote traffic awareness, and respect for senior citizens and women.

Sardar Nasir Khan of Srinagar's BIG 92.7 FM station told NDTV, "The main idea is to take care of the water bodies around us, take care of the drinking water around us... we have that hash tag, I Am The Change."

Apart from the 21-kilometre half-marathon that will feature professional runners from India and abroad, thousands are expected to take part in a five kilometre "fun run".

"We go from college to college and school to school and meet the students... to educate them about whatever is happening on the marathon," said RJ Haya, a radio jockey.

A student at Government Women's College, Tabish Shah told NDTV,
"We have to change, that was the past that people in Kashmir wouldn't participate in such events, this is the modern generation... there is nothing like girls can do and boys can't, we have to participate... it gives much entertainment and joy for us."

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah will amongst the prominent faces who have signed up for the event. He tweeted, "Thanks guys. Looking forward to seeing you there:)."

The proposed route is from Kashmir University's Naseem Bagh campus along the banks of the Dal Lake via Foreshore Road, and back to the campus.

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