The objective of this marathon is to honour martyrs and wounded warriors, create a positive and enabling environment in the country where the citizens of the country, especially youth, are made aware about the great sacrifices made by our bravehearts, instil in them a sense of pride for soldiers who serve untiringly 24×7 for our nation’s integrity, unity, sovereignty and safety.
Soldierathon was an idea conceived by Major Dr Surendra Poonia,VSM in guidance of former President of India, the Late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, who felt the need to create awareness towards the sacrifices made by our men in uniform and at the same time help the Martyr families/children and war wounded soldiers, who along with time are forgotten by the country at large. But unfortunately, Dr Kalam Sir didn’t live through to see it happen and Major Poonia has taken it upon himself to make this dream a reality.
This event would provide an opportunity to the committed individuals and organisations to raise funds and show their gratitude towards the true heroes of our nation. These funds would be utilised towards two projects:
• A fund for war wounded specially abled/wounded soldiers to help them acquire state of the art prosthesis (artificial device that replaces a missing body part) that will enable them to lead normal healthy lives. This part of raised fund will be donated to Indian Army’s ALC (Artificial Limb Centre) at The Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Kirkee, Pune.
• A fund to provide education scholarships (which will inspire them to perform better in their education) for children from the martyr’s families, thus securing their higher education & better future.
There are different race categorises which are listed below along with their registration fees.
2K Senior Citizen Run: If you’re an amateur runner, this is a perfect beginning. It doesn’t matter how long you run. What matters is your intention of contributing towards the cause in your own way.
2K Spirit of Delhi Run: If you’re an amateur runner, this is a perfect beginning. It doesn’t matter how long you run. What matters is your intention of contributing towards the cause in your own way.
3K Kids Soldier Costume Run: If you’re an amateur runner, this is a perfect beginning. It doesn’t matter how long you run. What matters is your intention of contributing towards the cause in your own way.
5K Spirit of Soldier Run: 5 km run is again a good option for the infrequent runners or joggers. With practice, 5 km should be an easy one to accomplish.
10K Run: A 10 weeks practice may help you to finish the 10 km run in an effective way. This kind of practice or training is a great step towards fitness with a purpose. Follow a regime and get ready to race.
21.1K Half Marathon: A half marathon requires practice of 16 weeks or more. It requires a disciplined schedule along with work out and stamina building exercises. Most people participating in the half marathon are well practised or seasoned runners
Note :- Runners who are registering in category of Tri services soldiers/ ParaMilitary /Police/Ex-Servicemen must get their ID proof during Race Kit/BiB collection