4,000 city children run for the rights of their underprivileged peers
Posted by: Clara Fernandes at 9/26/2016 11:46:00 pm
New Delhi, 27th September 2016: 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 4 categories – 1 km costume run for kids and children for the age group of 0-12yrs and three different runs of 3kms, 5kms and 10 kms for children between 4-18yrs.
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. Aarav Khanna, child actor from the movie ‘Chillar Party’ who was there to support the cause for the underprivileged children flagged off the 5km 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 1 km 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 says, “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, CRY Director says” 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”. The 1st ever Juniorun in Gurgaon on 6th December 2015 with founding partners Haryana Police, was a huge success with 3000 kids and 5000 parents, with a total footfall of 8000. The second event in Jaipur also saw footfall close to 8000.
About GRR: GRR is the largest running community in Delhi / NCR. Registered more than 3 years ago, GRR is passionate about running for fun and fitness and have many levels of runners, from those who have never run before to marathoners. The group has now close to 5000 members including senior and top management professionals, social workers, socialites’, housewives, retired defense personnel, teenagers and children.
About CRY: Child Rights and You (formerly known as Child Relief and You) is an Indian NGO that believes in every child's right to a childhood - to live, learn, grow and play. For over 30 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of more than 20 Lakh underprivileged children. For more information please visit us at http://www.cry.org