Wheelchair marathon in Chennai to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries

The 2017 edition of the Kotak Wheelchair Marathon will begin on 3 September. The first time this marathon was held was in 2015 and it was a grand success.

The money raised from the event will be used to support people who are paralysed from the neck down. In 2015, there were 925 participants out of which 125 were people with disabilities. The event is called wheelchair marathon as it aims to show the abilities and possibilities for a wheelchair user.

This year organizers are expecting 1,500 participants, which is a significant increase. This year, there will be 5 km, 10 km and 21 km run. People can also run wherever they are, record it and take a picture and send it to the organizers. They will be given a medal and T-shirt.

The organizers have tied up with Diya Foundation, an NGO in Bengaluru for the event. Ankur Dhama, India’s first blind runner to make it to the Paralympics, Major DP Singh, the Kargil war hero who runs half marathons on a prosthetic leg and Sailesh Kumar, India’s fastest half marathoner on a wheelchair, will be participating in the event.

The marathon will start and finish at Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School on 3 September. Participants can register at www.thespinalfoundation.in. Registration fee is Rs 750.

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