El Shaddai and Habitat for Humanity are associated to the second edition of the Marathon of Goa which was held last Sunday, March 3, 2013.
This charity event regulator funds to provide decent homes for children and families in need as well as educational centres for children in Goa and the Konkan region. There were many to slip their shoes to test their endurance and support this noble cause.
It was still dark at 6 o’clock in the morning when participants soar Campal Ground on the path along the Mandovi, Old Goa and back up on Campal Ground. The organization is perfect, the volunteers are scattered throughout the course to drink competitors, the police on charge of traffic begins to increase. Everything happens in joy and good humor. Kenyan professional runner Daniel Yegon, who won marathons in Pune, Hyderabad and Bombay, crossed the finish line after an hour and 10 minutes of running, closely followed by his two compatriots. The Indian army well represented remains as the 4th, 5th and 6th has crossed the finish line are part of its ranks.
The 5 km race started at 8:30, about 1,000 participants, including many children, rush on the path that will lead to hotel Mandovi and return Campal. The sun begins to heat up, we laugh, we breath, we run, we walk … and even if it does not cross the finish line first, it is important to participate.
So see you next year for a third marathon?