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Road Race
August 07, 2011

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Thane city got an opportunity to witness one more marathon this rainy season. And this time the road race was organized by Thane District Congress Committee on Sunday, August 7 2011. The race was held at Talao Pali, Thane. This was the second year for the committee to organize this race, which is referred as Samata Daud. This road race is held in the month of August to mark the Kranti Din, which is on August 9.

The distinct feature about this road race was that it was specially organized for school going kids. About 1,500 to 2,000 kids from all over Thane city participated inthis road race. The race was divided into two groups, Under 12 and Under 15,both for boys & girls. The Under-12 group had to cover a total distance of two kilometers and the Under-15 group was given a target of three and half kilometers. Mandar Ghanekar, part of the event organizing committee said “The total distance that we have decided for the school kids to cover is ideal for their age. At such a tender age they should not be asked to cover more distance than four to five kilometers. Keeping this in mind we have finalized on two, and three and half kilometers.”

The SamataDaud-II began on time from Talao Pali at 7.30am. Dignitaries of Thane marked their valuable presence for this Samata Daud-II. The Congress MP Mr. Hussain Dalwai, Congress Secretary Mr. Manoj Shinde, Corporator Mr. Shailesh Sawant,Ms. Rekha Mirajkar, the main force behind organizing this race Mr. Balkrishna Purnekar and Mr. Suresh Thanekar were present for the entire event. Before the participants began their race, a race was held between all the dignitaries, and then followed by the actual race.

With DJ’s music playing in the background, tight police security and an arrangement of about four ambulances as precautionary measure, the road race went off well. All thekids seemed really enthusiastic to participate in this event and in the end were happy with their performances. Even the organizers were happy with the response they received and the performances of the kids.

The race came toan end at 10am. In the end the winners from each group were presented with certificates, trophies along with cash prizes. Along with the winners even the other participants were presented with participation certificates.

The results ofthis Samata Daud-II are as follows










Ujjwal Joshi

Mansi Gudulkar

Atram Govind

Jessica Fernandes


Dinesh Dubey

Melisa Rodrigues

Sanam  Anandrav

Riya Bhosle


Lankesh Malsure

Meetali Lavekar

Prem Patil

Merisca D’souza




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