More than 15, 000 persons ran marathon organised to spread awareness about health related issues in Chennai on Sunday.
The seventh edition of the Chennai Marathon 2009 was organized by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.
The event was conducted in various categories including the full-marathon (42 km), half-marathon (21 km), mini-marathon (10 km), and mini-marathon boys/girls (5 km).
The event was organised at Anna Square in Marina Beach.
Chennai Police Commissioner K. Radhakrishnan said that that the marathon will provide young athletes to groom themselves for competitive events.
"We could see a lot of participation especially youngsters. It is not only for fun. This is to inculcate good values in them and to maintain good heath and to maintain fitness," said Radhakrishnan.
A participant said that taking part in such health related event was a good experience.
"I feel very good to take part in the marathon. I have also participated two or three times at the international level," said Shidhan Singh, winner of full marathon.
The prize money of the event has been enhanced to a total of Rs. 6.75 lakh.