India’s first multi-city marathon and a potential world record breaker the Great India Run was flagged on Sunday from the iconic India Gate. As the fifteen ultra-runners make their way towards Mumbai in 18 days, they covered 80 km on Day One, stopping just short of Neemrana in Rajasthan. Today, they hope to cover more distance and will likely reach Jaipur by mid-week if they keep up the pace. However, it must be noted that the average per day milage is 82 km so that the 18-day target can be met. It was the first day of the twenty-one day event which turned out to be as planned. The marathoners succeeded in covering a distance of 80 kms as planned, in order to complete the marathon in twenty-one days.
The cross-country run will witness a team of 18 runners and athletics experts set a new record for the fastest time for covering a distance of 1,480 kms. Through Rajasthan, the team will reach Gujarat, the home state of one of the runners Dhanee Kumar followed by Silvassa and then Maharashtra. The run will end at the Gateway of India on August 6, 2016. Here are some pictures from the run so far: