Pinkathon, India’s biggest women’s run

By Amrita Guha

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Kolkata witnessed more than thousand footfalls of women in the Calcutta University ground, Maidan at the early hours of the morning enthusiastically participating in the 2nd edition of the Pinkathon, Kolkata. India’s biggest women’s run, Pinkathon is the brainchild of Reema Sanghavi and the supermodel and fitness freak Milind Soman who aims to spread the awareness of breast cancer, healthy lifestyle and fitness of the women. The initiative was undertaken by the United Sisters Foundation and Media Solutions Pvt Ltd and is been conducted in the 8 major cities of India including Delhi, Pune, Kolkata,Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, and Mumbai.

Pinkathon-2-300x219 Pinkathon, India's biggest women's runKolkata has been readily enthusiastic of participating in the womens marathon in the 3 race categories of 3km, 5km and 10km respectively. The event started at 5.30 am with a warm up session of Zumba with Sameer Sachdeva and the flag offs of the races began respectively with the 10km at first and lastly the 3km category. A number of NGOs participated which included Future Hope, JCI, Dakshin Prayash and others along with the visually impaired kids from Voice of the World and Calcutta Blind School who had allies with them for guidance to compete the 3km. There was no age limit for particiaption and hence the crowd witnessed women of about 70 years and more participating with equal interest. Mann Kaur who is 102 years old was no less and ran 100 m with Milind Soman on the Red Road.

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Apart from the visually imapaired, under privileged kids and the NGOs, there was also a group of baby wearing mothers who joined the race with few months old babies. Milind Soman was present at the start line of the race track providing the participants with encouragement who had started the Pinkathon movement 8 years ago for the women to adopt the healthy lifestyle. The event ended with the prize distribution ceremony where the winner along with the first and the second runner ups of each category were handed over with prizes by the VIPs present. There were also prizes for the Pinkathon baby and Pinkathon fittest woman.

The very first step of building a healthy world and a healthy nation begins with woman empowerment and hence it is important to take control on one’s own health to reach the zenith of success in all respect. With a huge success rate of more than 60,000 women participating in all the 8 cities of India in 2017, Pinkathon has raised nearly 60 lakhs in order to provide treatment of the underprivileged women suffering from breast cancer.