India’s first multi-city ultra-marathon is off to a great start with Day 3 seeing much needed headway into Rajasthan! The halt for Day 3 is at Shahpura with Arun Bhardwaj, Sunil Sharma and Kaushal Kumar Chauhan setting the pace with a gruelling 75km mileage for the day.

The Great India Run was flagged on Sunday from the iconic India Gate, and runners have already crossed three states in their quest to break the world record for the distance of 1480km from Delhi to Mumbai. 19 ultra-runners will cover the distance before August 6, 2016, when the run ends in Mumbai.

On Day One, the ultra-runners finished 80km, with Day Two seeing Arun Bhardwaj, Pia Hansson, David Slotsgaard Bredo and Kaushal Kumar Chauhan running over 100km to be the leading pack. The rest of the runners finished 75 km on Day 2.

Day 3 saw temperatures soaring and the runners finishing just under 80km out of the 1480km total. It must be noted that the average per day milage is 82 km so that the 18-day target can be met.  Here are some of the highlights of Day 3 from the road:

Arun Bhardwaj getting an old-fashioned cooldown in the hot afternoon sun
Arun Bhardwaj getting an old-fashioned cooldown in the hot afternoon sun
Runners had to slow down as the afternoon sun beat down during Day 3 of The Great India Run
Runners had to slow down as the afternoon sun beat down during Day 3 of The Great India Run
Day 3 of The Great India Run ended at 7pm in Shahpura, Rajasthan
Day 3 of The Great India Run ended at 7pm in Shahpura, Rajasthan
A momentary breather for two ultra-runners at The Great India Run
A momentary breather for two ultra-runners at The Great India Run
A spot of shade to beat the sun on Day 3 of The Great India Run
A spot of shade to beat the sun on Day 3 of The Great India Run

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:

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