The race kicks off in one the world’s most populous cities.
One December 12, 300 runners will race through the streets of Mumbai, India barefoot. The race is organized by the Barefoot Runners of India Foundation (BRIF). Anand Anantharaman, the managing trustee of BRIF, said that the aim of their foundation was to promote the native art of running.“Barefoot runners are in demand these days. In the US, they are looked at with immense respect. Indians can easily attain world acclaim in this as we have it in our blood,” said Anantharaman, who was referring to the recent surge of popularity in barefoot running thanks to the best-selling book “Born To Run”.
The first edition of the race is limited to residents of Mumbai’s Thane district as well as students of Mumbai University. No fees will be charged from the runners. The run also has a sponsorship model attached to it where a person can sponsor a runner by donating 2000 Rupees ($44) to the BRIF.
“This time we have restricted ourselves to Thane mainly for logistics purpose. We are planning to expand it state-wide and nation-wide in the future. It is high time that we nurtured Indian barefoot runners to take on the world stage,” Anantharaman concluded.
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