Thane: He ran for the first time in Thane and won the title. 26-year-old Ranjit Singh who represents Pune army finished 21 km run in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 09 seconds. The 28th Marathon of Thane Corporation witnessed almost more than 22,000 of participants. This year the theme was ‘smart city’, but with the lack of basic standards, the runners had a tough time. “There were no boards. Also after the race ended, we had to wait almost for an hour to get our awards as the dignitaries had not arrived,” said the women participants.
Aarti Patil, who represents Bhosala military school, Nashik, won the 15 km race in 57 minutes to be followed by Varsha Bhavari of Mumbai police who missed the title by just 40 seconds. “I ran here in Thane for the first time but saw the lack of communication. I have participated in many marathons and will be preparing for nationals now,” said Aarti Patil who is a second year student of Bhosala military school who received Rs 50,000 cash as award. Every year, there is a crowd of army candidates who participate in the marathon but this year these participants were busy preparing for their internal competition to be held in September. were 200 referees, 52 pilots, 225 security guards and hundreds of volunteers who helped the marathonrun smoothly.