On Sunday morning, the IIFL JITO Ahimsa Run took place in Hyderabad, with over 3000 runners participating. The run was flagged off by Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, and Sanjay Jain, DGP, at Jalavihar on Necklace Road. Organized by the Ladies Wing of Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO), the event aimed to promote world peace and non-violence.
The run was part of a global campaign for World Peace and Non-Violence, with over one lakh individuals participating across 85 locations worldwide. The event received a Guinness World Records Certificate for the most pledges received for a Peace Campaign in one week, with 70,728 people registering online within a week alone. The run is expected to be recognized in Word Records India and the Limca Book of Records.
The run had three different categories – 3K, 5K, and 10K – and saw people of all ages participating. Elderly citizens and women in sarees were seen running alongside youth. The male top three winners in the 15 to 35 years age category were Ramavath Ramesh Chandra, Vangala Dhanush, and Thomas Adams. In the 36 to 55 years age group, the winners were Ashish Dhingra, Rohit Mehta, and Naresh Satyanarayana. The winners in the 56 and above age category were Rajendra Prasad and Rose Babu Nekuri. The female top three winners in the 15 to 35 years age category were Badde Navya, Payal Jain, and Ananya Sukhavasi. In the 36 to 55 years age group, the winners were Suparna Das, Chaitra Nataraj, and Kamala Kunala. Krishna Kumari Shridhar was the lone winner in the 56 and above age category. All the winners were given cash prizes.
The total prize money for a 10K timed run was Rs 90000. The run started and ended at the Jala Vihar Parking zone, with the route taking runners from Jala Vihar towards Sanjeevaiah park and back. According to Sushil Sancheti, Chairman of JITO, the run aimed to create awareness for a better world, stop wars and hatred, and bring peace and nonviolence to our surroundings.