New Delhi: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will flag off the first-ever 'unity' marathon run being hosted in New Delhi by the country's largest paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on October 12.
The force will conduct 'Run for Unity' half-marathon as part of celebrating 75 years of its raising this year.
"Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be flagging off the marathon. We are expecting a host of other sporting legends and dignitaries from different walks of life to join officers and jawans of the force during the event," CRPF spokesperson (Northern Sector) Prashant Srivastava said.
Among those who are expected to join the event are cricketer Virender Sehwag and boxer Mary Kom who have already associated themselves with the sporting activity.
Sportspersons like Sushil Kumar, Jaspal Rana, Ajit Pal Singh and actor Nana Patekar are too expected to join the run which is being undertaken as a tribute to the martyrs of CRPF, which is leading the anti-Naxal operations in the country.
The CRPF, raised in 1939, also renders a host of internal security tasks like countering insurgency in the northeast and combating militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
A total of Rs. 19.10 lakh in prize money will be given to the winners.
The winners of the half-marathon in both men and women's category will get Rs. 3 lakh each, while those finishing second and third will be richer by Rs. 2 and 1 lakh respectively.
Those who will rank 4-10 after the run will get prize money ranging from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 80,000.
The marathon will be flagged off from Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in New Delhi.