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Sabarmati marathon goes global!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013 - 2:56pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

150 international athletes to take part in marathon; a few routes to be blocked.

The Sabarmati Marathon has becoming popular not only among Amdavadis but also globally. The participation of international athletes has increased by 66% over the last year. Last year, 90 international athletes participated in the marathon. The figure has gone up to 150 this year.

Looking at the response, AMC has decided to provide more facilities to the runners by blocking certain routes during the marathon, whose third edition will take place on January 6. The event is scheduled on December 25 every year but this year it was postponed due to the assembly elections in the state. AMC has extended the deadline for registration to January 1.

Till now, 233 runners have registered for full marathon of 42.2 km, while 983 have registered for half marathon of 21.1 km. The dream run of six km has witnessed registration of 9,622 people, while 76 physically challenged people have registered for the race for blind people and wheelchair run.

AMC offers Rs6 lakh to winners of full marathon for men and women, while Rs1.25 lakh has been given to Indian winners of the marathon. All four types of run will start from Vallabh Sadan on Ashram Road and will end at the same point.

Blocked routes
Plan your Sunday morning taking into consideration marathon routes on January 6. The civic body has decided to block the following routes for vehicular traffic on this day:
From 5.30 am to 10 am: Vallabh Sadan on Ashram Road to Mithakhali circle, Swastik crossroads to Parimal garden via Mayor bungalow, Law Garden and Rasala Park.

From 5.30 am to 1 pm: RTO Circle to Nehru Bridge on Ashram Road, Bhuyangdev to Science City to Shilaj, Thaltej crossroads to Vijay crossroads to Darpan six roads, Sardar Patel statue to Usmanpura, Doordarshan to Satadhar crossroads

Flower show
Around 45,000 plants of more than 500 species of flowers, trees, vegetables, herbs, bonsai, cactus and palm will be exhibited during a show in the city from January 25-30. The exhibition is planned in a 40,000 sq m plot on the western part of the Sabarmati riverfront between Ellisbridge and Sardar bridge.

“We want to create awareness about the business aspect of the flower business along with kitchen and terrace gardens,” said Guruprasad Mohapatra, municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad.

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