Brimming with excitement and enthusiasm, IIM Indore witnessed the successful 12th edition of its flagship marathon, Udaan that took place on November 24th, 2019. #RunForAHealthierCommunity was the theme this year. DIG (Narcotics) of Indore, Mr.Dilip Soni was invited as the chief guest. This year’s sponsors are School (start-up school), Adidas, Wittyfeed, HealthyU, Yono SBI, Selfie Salon, and Indori Subah.
The event saw a participation of 3000 people, of various age groups ranging from 7 to 57 years old. Team Udaan organised three marathons – Half Marathon (21 km), Endurance (11 km), and Dream Run (3 km) and were categorised into Open, Corporate and Defence Categories. A special category called Veteran run was also organised for people aged 45 and above.
The first race was flagged off at 6:15 AM by Mr.Dilip Soni, the chief guest. The participants had to start from the cricket stadium at IIM Indore, go through Rau, Annapurna road, the Dusshera Maidan and finally return to the starting point.
Mr. Rampal Sharma, a 57 year old shopkeeper in Indore won the Endurance category. He was followed by Mr. Naveen Sharma and Mr. Ashok Arzare who stood second and third respectively. Mr. Rajkumar Gupta won the Half Marathon and was closely followed by Dr. Bharat Rawat, Mr. Vijay Sohani, Mr. Subash Masih, and Mr. Amit Garg. Among females, Ms. Shona Yadav, Ms. Madhuri Humayu, and Ms. Neha Gautam emerged as winners. RJ Sagar, the CMO of School (start-up school) awarded the prizes to the winners alongside Prof. Sanjeev Tripati, Chair, Marketing Area & Faculty, IIM Indore, who also participated in the race. He addressed the gathering and spoke about the importance of coming together for a cause such as this.