Ahmedabad, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the ‘Sabarmati Marathon’ from the banks of the Sabarmati, being organized by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for the second successive year.

Thousands of spectators with families assembled at the riverfront since early morning to cheer over 18,000 runners who participated in this year’s race. They included men, women, children, young and old, blind and disabled.

It was held in different categories, namely 42-km full marathon, 21-km half marathon, 7-km dream run, Enthused by overwhelming response especially from the physically challenged, the Chief Minister said the annual event had added another feather to the city’s pride, reflecting citizens’ the sporting spirit and youthfulness. He wished the citizens manage the event from the next year.

In his welcome address, Ahmedabad Mayor Asit Vora gave details of the event.

Prominent dignitaries included South West Air Force Command Chief Air Staff Officer Air Marshall R.K. Jolly, legislators and municipal officers.

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