Not many of you have heard about the Rath India Open Marathon, which first took place in 1982 coinciding with the 9th Asian Games, but many among you have participated in it! Don’t be surprised, as today it is better known as the Mawana Indian Open Marathon. It is one of the oldest running (pun intended) sports event in the country.
A part of USHA sports Initiatives it has produced leading women athletes like Asha Aggarwal, Sunita Godara, Suman Mehta Rawat, and Rigzen Angmo. Some of them went on to be awarded the coveted Arjuna Awards. Today the Marathon occupies a special place in the sports calendar of AFI.
Keeping this glorious tradition alive, the route of the Marathon makes it a point to run through some of the most magnificent historical landmarks in Delhi. In the past it has been routed through the likes of India Gate, Jantar Mantar, All India Radio and Connaught Place. It also bears the distinction for being the first Marathon to test run the race route proposed for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
And at the end of it, it is not just another walk (rather run) around the parks of Delhi, for every year the Marathon takes up a noble cause. In the past it has taken up a diverse range of causes from environmental protection to earthquake relief, depending on what the country needs the most.
Will you be running with USHA in the next Marathon?