With a vision to spread the fitness virus across all age-groups of the society, the sixth edition of the Maximus Nagar Rising Half Marathon is scheduled to be held on February 2. With the previous editions having been held in Pune and Mumbai, the Half Marathon is one of a kind running event that has always been warmly received by people across the state and even beyond. The Maximus Nagar Rising Half Marathon has witnessed huge participation of over 15,000 marathoners in the previous five editions who journey to the scenic city of Ahmednagar to run in support of World Cancer Day and spread the awareness about the life-threatening ailment.
The Maximus Nagar Rising Half Marathon is the brainchild of Sandip Joshi who has been running in various marathon circuits across India. Joshi felt a certain spark in the community and realised how marathons, through its unifying strand possess the potential to bring about a positive change in society.
People from various walks of life have come together and helped grow this healthy ecosystem. Gathering on the one and the same platform which the Maximus Nagar Rising Half Marathon has provided, a new identity for the city has been forged. Ahmednagar has transformed into a healthier city with a budding sports culture as well.
Joshi was keen on working for the cause of cancer and spread awareness about the dangerous illness. Dreaming of a fitter and more aware India, Joshi had begun approaching different people in the society for the support. The stars soon aligned for Joshi however as few people took an interest and joined him in his endeavour for such a noble cause. At their wits end at how they will fund this campaign, the Nagar Rising Half Marathon would not have seen the light of day had not Narendra Firodia took a rapid interest in this wonderful initiative and decided to fund the dream for a noble cause.
One of the toughest yet scenic and beautiful routes, the Half Marathon happens to be a great attraction point of the day-long event. With races conducted over four categories – 3K& 5K for kids, old age people, or beginners just to gain confidence on their own and the 10K and 21K for professional and practiced amateur runners, the marathon has proved to be a game-changer in the city.