Despite a foggy morning, over 4,000 people, including a large number of students and foreigners, participated in the first edition of Puri Mini Marathon held here on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti on Thursday.
The theme for the event was ‘Disaster-Resilient Heritage’.
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Tusharkanti Behera flagged off the marathon that began from the District Sports Complex at Talabania covering a eight-km route culminated near the Beach Hotel Asiana Lagoon.
The marathon was organised by the district administration in association with the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
The first prize carried a cash reward of Rs 30,000, second Rs 20, 000 and third Rs 10, 000. Besides, seven consolation awards of Rs 5,000 each were given.
In the male category, Mukund Banra secured first position, Rashmi Ranjan Nayak second and Sudhansu Nayak third. Similarly, In female category, Samsad Ara Begum secured first position, Sandhya Murmu second and Saima Smile Mohanty third.