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4000 city children stood for rights of their underprivileged peers

Updated: Sep 27, 2016 13:36 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 27 (ANI): The third edition of Juniorun, a multicity running event exclusively designed for kids by Gurgaon based Fitness Company Gurgaon Road Runners (GRR) saw a huge and enthusiastic participation of children early Sunday.

4000 children from different schools across NCR participated in the run aimed at 'Education' and 'Fitness'. The total footfall was around 10000.

Juniorun started off last year with the intention of raising awareness and promoting a healthy lifestyle among today's technology driven children. However this year around, with child rights organization CRY- Child Rights and You as their charity partners the event also aligned itself to CRY's national campaign on 'Education' with a special emphasis on gaps in the implementation of the Right to Education Act.

Juniorun had four categories - one kilometer costume run for kids and children for the age group of zero to 12 years and three different runs of three kilometers, five kilometers and 10 kilometers for children between four to 18 years.

The event was flagged off by Siddharth Choudhary from GRR along with VK Duggal, Ex-Home Secretary GOI and Ex-Governor Mizoram and Manipur, Radhika Bharatram, Chairperson IBSA, Ruby Yadav, Mrs Universe West Asia and Board of Governors, Ministry of textiles GOI.

Child actor Aarav Khanna from the movie 'Chillar Party,' who was there to support the cause for the underprivileged children, flagged off the five-kilometer run and also ran with the other participants.

The run started off from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and passed through the Lutyen's Delhi environs on Lodhi road and back. All runs, except the one kilometer costume run were timed.

Invitations for the event had been sent out to 1500 schools across Delhi NCR. The organizers also conducted free training camps at multiple locations in and around Delhi NCR in the run-up to the event. These boot camps were aimed to train the children not only in cardio- fitness but diet and nutrition as well.

Siddharth Choudhary, the brain behind GRR and Juniorun said, "The event got a good response and was a huge success. People were looking to register with us till the last moment. This is a great boost for our initiative of fit life and we look forward to spreading this into new regions with Bangalore set to host the next Juniorun."

Soha Moitra, the CRY director added, "At CRY, we firmly believe that sports and physical activities teach important life lessons be it team work, dedication, hard work or perseverance. What often stands between underprivileged children and their dreams is the lack of opportunity. And what can be better than children themselves fighting for these opportunities and rights of their peers". (ANI)