Citizens run for protecting environment

Central Chronicle News
Bhilai, Oct 08: The Forest Department of Durg Division organised a marathon on the concluding day of the Wildlife Week on Friday. The participants were given the option of participating in 5 km and 10 km run. The marathon was flagged off from Sector 9 Hospital Square, took a U-Turn from Sector-4 Square and concluded at its origin.
About 300 participants got themselves registered in the event out of which 90 were women. All the participants showed great enthusiasm in participating in the marathon. People of all ages and different walks of life participated in the event. E-certificates will be provided by the department to all the participants. Chief Conservator of Forest Shalini Raina appreciated the participation of the women along with the men runners. She further said that humans, environment and wildlife are related to each other in some way or the other. To keep the human body and mind healthy as well as to get pure energy, it is very important to keep the environment clean. To keep the environment clean, it is necessary to protect the forests and wildlife. Collector Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure also participated in the marathon. He said that the purpose of the event is to protect the wildlife. Protection of the environment is the duty of every citizens and everyone must remain aware about it. He hoped that such events would be organized in the district in future also. On the occasion, DFO Dhammsheel Ganveer appealed to the people to include morning walk – jogging in their daily routine as it ensures a healthy life. He further said that the purpose of Wildlife Week is to provide information to the general public about protection of environment and wildlife. Under this programme, the marathon was organized on Friday. The residents of the district displayed their awareness by participating in this event.
A participant Vinita Pathani said that such events should be organized every year as they are beneficial for health as well as awareness. Participant Anita Yadav told that she has been interested in sports since childhood and in present day also she does Manning Walk everyday to keep herself fit. When she came to know about the marathon, she also informed her friends and urged them to participate. SSP Badri Narayan Meena and other officers were present.

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