J&K/Rajouri (The Stellar News): Continuing with the best & unique traditions of Indian Army and to commemorate the sacrifices of martyrs who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri, a Marathon was organised by ‘Ace of Spades’ Division at Army Goodwill Public School, Rajouri on 11 April 2021 as a run up to Rajouri Day on 13 April 2021.
Taking COVID restrictions into consideration, only a limited gathering of less than 200 civilians and defence persons was permitted, although the applications for the event were heavily oversubscribed. The event was conducted under three categories. Category I & II being 5 & 10 km run for civilians and Category III of 10 km run for defence personnels.
The Marathon was flagged off by Mrs Reema Puri, Regional President, AWWA, much to the cheer of all the runners. Medals were awarded to all participants. Cash prizes were also awarded for participants securing 1st, 2nd & 3rd position in each category. Mr Raj Kumar Saini & Nb Sub Sukh singh stood first in category II & III in age group 45-60 yrs respectively. Master Subham won the prize in youngest category. Smt Guddi Devi won the heart of everyone with her enthusiasm where as Master Shahad who is just 12 yrs of age completed 10 Km Marathon. Miss Samshad Akhtar, a young girl, too mesmerized everyone with her zeal & vigour.
The event was aimed at raising awareness about necessity of staying mentally and physically fit as also bringing together the armed forces and the civil population.