City enthusiasts to usher in New Year by cycling, running

Neha Basudkar
Saturday, 30 December 2017

Omkar Joshi, a regular runner and a software engineer, said, “Around 50 people from the city, some joining from Chinchwad and Wakad too, are going to conduct a marathon from 5.30 am to 9 am on January 1, 2018, to kick off the new year.”

Pune: A group of cyclists and runners from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad are going to highlight their love for the sports and the importance of staying fit while ushering in the New Year this time. 

Omkar Joshi, a regular runner and a software engineer, said, “Around 50 people from the city, some joining from Chinchwad and Wakad too, are going to conduct a marathon from 5.30 am to 9 am on January 1, 2018, to kick off the new year.”

This group of runners has decided to run in a loop of 10 km starting from Pimple Saudagar to Nashik Phata flyover. Archita Arora, who works as a consultant in IT company and has recently taken to running, said, “We have a sedentary lifestyle which is quite unhealthy and to revive yourself, running is the best exercise that needs nothing but just willpower. I have been running for a year and this has brought down my stress level and made me a calmer, stronger and active person. This is the reason why my New Year resolution is to maintain my health by running.”

Similarly, a group of 20 cyclists will begin the New Year by cycling 100 km from Ravet to Lonavla from on the first day of 2018, spreading the message to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle. 

Gajanan Khaire, a cyclist and IT Engineer, said, “Cycling is not only our resolution but also we want to educate people on the better ways of smart commuting. Our aim is to use green energy and crate awareness among locals while we ride to use cycles for at least basic commute and gradually shift towards it.”

Ajit Patil, an IT engineer and another cyclist from the same group, said that once a person is fit, he/she can enjoy life on their own terms. 

 

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