More than 8000 runners came together to pay a sporting tribute to the martyrs and brave hearts of 26/11 by participating in ‘The Tribute Run’ on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Mumbai Terror Attacks. Presented by IDBI Federal Life Insurance, in association with The Seahawks Foundation, The Tribute Run was flagged off from NSCI in Mumbai.
The three race categories – 21km, 10km and 5km – were flagged off by . Karthik Raman, CMO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance; Julio Ribeiro, Former Mumbai Police Commissioner and Founder of NGO – Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT); Purav Raja, International Tennis Player; Tara Sharma, Fitness enthusiast and Film/Television Actress; GOC LT Gen Prashar; Jayantilal Shah, President, The National Sports Club of India and Ms. Mayank Vyas Singh, Race Organizer.
Prior to each race, celebrated global fitness trainer, Mickey Mehta and his team got the runners geared up, both physically and mentally, through an enthusiastic and lively warm-up session. Also, encouraging the runners were Rashmi Kumar Mehra, a cancer survivor who ran along with her son, and Nishriin Parikh, award-winning fitness trainer and bodybuilder. At the start and finish point, the runners were heralded by the Sikh Regiment pipe and brass band of the Indian Army. Post the race, a talented group of students from The Cathedral and John Connon School paid tribute to the 26/11 brave hearts through a beautiful and moving musical performance.
With the motive of running for the ones who stood together, The Tribute Run witnessed participation from runners of various age groups and backgrounds, including members of the Defence Forces and Mumbai Police, portraying solidarity in the face of terror. Medals were conferred upon finishers of all the races by NCC cadets.
Karthik Raman, CMO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance said, “With participation from over 8000 runners, we are overwhelmed with the spirit of solidarity from Mumbaikars who came together to pay a sporting tribute to the martyrs and bravehearts of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. On this 10th anniversary, as we remember these brave souls, as a city we must continue to resolve to stay strong, be united and #KeepMoving, in the face of terror or attack.”
Mayank Vyas Singh, Race Organizer said, “The tremendous response from the people of Mumbai is extremely heartening and we wish to thank all the runners who participated in The Tribute Run in memory of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. We are also extremely grateful for the help and support extended by the Government of Maharashtra, the Defence Forces, the Mumbai Police and the BMC which helped to make the run a success. Our thanks also goes out to IDBI Federal Life Insurance, NSCI for helping us out with the venue, our sponsors and partners, the pacers and all the volunteers.”