Biju Marathon Kicks Off

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of legendary statesman Biju Patnaik, Biju Patnaik Mini –Marathon on 5 March 2019 in the Capital City of Bhubaneswar.

Department of Sports & Youth Services conducted it on a massive scale and this 5 KM Marathon was flagged off by the Sports Minister,Chandra Sarathi Behera. Director Sports and Youth Affairs R Vineel Krishna graced the occasion.

With many individual victories across categories, a total cash prize of Rs. 1, 58,000 was given to Top Five players from each category (both Men & Women).

Ranjit Mahanta and Arati Mahanta were the winners in the ‘above 50 years’ Category, followed by Arjun Tudu and Samsad Ara Begum in the ‘18 -50 year’ category, and Dilip Naik & Suhana Parmin in the ‘15-18-year’ category.

In a remarkable achievement, around 2500 competitors who started the race also finished it successfully.

The first prize winner (both Men & Women) were awarded Rs. 12,000 for the 18-50-year category and Rs. 7000 for above 50-year category and 15-18-year category respectively.

The cash award was presented by Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar North, Prasanna Kumar Patasani, MP, Bhubaneshwar.
Manoj Kumar Padhy, Joint Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department was present in the occasion.

Commenting on the Mini-Marathon success, Chandra Sarathi Behera, Sports Minister said, the state observes Panchayat Raj Divas on March 5th every year to mark the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.

With sports being the heart of the state, the Sports department started organizing a mini-marathon to commemorate the day.
It was started in 2003 with a cash award being given to 15 winners across 3 groups (Men & Women), in total 90 Winners, hence now the total cash prize is given to 30 winners across 3 groups (Men & Women).

Such an initiative is also a great way of making people remember and celebrate the man whose vision is making Odisha what it is today.

The route for the marathon began with the Biju Patnaik Park being the Flag off point. It went through the Sisu Bhawan Square- Raj Mahal Square- A.G. Square- Governor House Square- Power House Square and culminated at the Kalinga Stadium Gate No.3, Kalinga Stadium Main ground.

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