A group of health-conscious women and men from Kottayam came together for the love of long-distance running at daybreak like never before this International Women’s Day, March 8. While marathons might be passé now, 'Run for Her,' organized by the Kottayam Runners Club, saw more than 50 participants running for good health. This is just what this small city always needed.
The 3-km run, which began from Gandhi Square to Collectorate and back, was flagged off by Sona P R, Kottayam municipal chairperson. Councillors Anu Krishna, Jhansi Jacob, Sreeja Anil, Meera Balu, Jyothikrishna also were present.
“The Runners Club members always run for around 10-20 km three days a week and also give training to new members who love to lead a healthy life. The idea to organize such an event was to encourage more women in Kottayam to come forward and make them active in the field rather than staying at home. We follow the motto Health is Wealth,” said Tojo John, secretary of Kottayam Runners Club.
A Zumba dance event was also organized as part of the event with women from various parts of the city taking part. Students from various colleges in the city too joined the runners. Among the members who reached the reporting point was an elderly man from Pala whom the Kottayam Runners fondly call Kochuettan.
“I always walk every morning and am very health conscious. I believe that women of all age must exercise and work out regularly. Though I am not part of Runners Club, I heard about this event and didn't want to miss this. I also got an opportunity to meet more women who are fitness freaks,” says Latha of Sreyas Villas in Devalokam.
With more people coming forward for running events, the Kottayam Runners Club is planning to conduct more programmes involving more women.