Thousands of enthusiastic participants ran transcending age and gender, thus bringing alive Peravoor, the home town of international volleyball player, the legendary Jimmy George.
As the runners took on the trail marked by the undulating paths, dense green, and refreshing streams, the cold air took on the energy of the participants and by the time the runners started to cross the finishing line, the whole stadium lit up with the break of dawn.
An all-inclusive marathon, everyone from first-time runners to those building their stamina for the next run participated.
The marathon saw men, women, children, NCC cadets, elderly, parents together with their children, grandparents coaxing their young ones to run the trail soaking in the pristine beauty of the region.
Discipline that sports instills was palpable among the participants.
‘Know your strength’
Byju George who has run as many as nine half marathons says, “Running a quarter marathon is like being introduced to a fitness programme. It’s a prelude to understanding one’s strength.”
“How will we ever know what stuff we are made of, if we don’t try.”
With unabated enthusiasm Mr George explains how running in a group boosts confidence.
“The level of confidence that one gains after participating in the marathon against all odds will remain with the runner for long. The confidence will help her or him to take on the challenges in life head on,” adds Mr George.
The marathon’s main aim is, thus, to trigger the confidence in all.
The happiness of the runners on hitting the finishing line was immeasurable.
St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School Head Master V V Thomas who walked the 10.5 km trail to check before the marathon, ended up running the quarter marathon, his first, and completed it successfully.