Selfie-thon with Milind Soman after marathon for Delhi women

NewDelhi,Sept5:Several thousand women painted the city pink on Sunday morning when they participated in the fourth edition ofPinkathon Delhi. Women from all walks of life came to participate in the multi-category run to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women, and about breast cancer. And the added attraction was the chance to click selfies with Ironman title winner, actor and founder of Pinkathon, Milind Soman.

The race was divided into different sections – 3km, 5km, 10km and 21km – and everybody just cheered each other on. Abhishek Mishra, who, like Milind, is an Ironman title winner, recently ran 162 km in 26 hours from Kotputli in Rajasthan to India Gate, Delhi, to spread awareness about the marathon. “I think the participation is overwhelming. I remember, only 2,000 people participated in 2013, and now it has gone up to 10,000. The support from Delhi Police and NDMC has been incredible,” said Abhishek.

Kids as young as five to senior citizens as old as 75 gathered at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, danced to the beats of Bollywood songs to warm up and then started their run. Madhu Sharma, a 66-year-old Gurgaon resident, said, “I have brought both my daughter and daughter-in-law along for the event. I generally go for walks everyday but today I ran for 5km. I was able to complete it in 40 minutes. If I can motivate myself to run, why can’t the younger lot?” Jagriti Thakur, a college student and resident of Amar Colony, said, “Gen-next leads a very stressful life and a lot of gynecological disorders can be attributed to that. Running is the easiest of habits I can adopt to stay fit.”

A bunch of cyclists who acted as pilots and marshals for the event also had tales to narrate about the participants’ never-say-die attitude. “Some of the ladies were dehydrated and on the verge of collapsing, but they still carried on. Their ultimate goal was to finish the race,” said Umesh Ghai, a cyclist.

Perpetually surrounded by a bunch of fans wanting to take selfies with him after their run, Milind Soman told us, “The marathon is all about empowering women. One of the best ways to empower oneself is by staying healthy. It’s a gift the society can’t give you. You have to earn it yourself.” He added, “It is heartening to see that corporate employees, homemakers, underprivileged kids, visually-impaired girls and cancer survivors, all have come together to join us in spreading the message of healthy living.”