At 94, Govind Parab, a retired government officer, is raring to go. He is the oldest participant in this year’s Mumbai Marathon, and visibly the most excited too. Having been part of the senior citizens’ association’s run in the Mumbai Marathon over the last six years, Govind calls it the most enriching and rejuvenating experience.
“This is the seventh year in a row I’m participating, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been running and walking six to seven kilometres with my peers. Last year, I completed the round in about an hour and, hopefully, I’ll complete it earlier this time,” said Govind.
His love for sports and athletics since childhood inspired him to participate in the marathon. “I love sports. I make it a point to jog and walk regularly,” he added.
He added that the senior citizens’ run is not just a sport but also an activity where they get to meet, talk, laugh and make merry. “I look forward to meeting my friends. For senior citizens like me, this is an opportunity to get together and enjoy life.”
Although Govind does not follow any strict diet or fitness regime prior to the Marathon, he has been going on long walks outside his house in Marol.
Govind plans to continue to be a part of the marathon for as long as his health permits it. “My memory is not that strong. But my health has not failed me. I eat good food and don’t stress out that much. All this has helped me take part in the marathon,” added Govind.