Marathons help generate health & fitness culture

It’s mass events like the marathon that help generate a health and fitness culture among the general population and there is nothing better that health, fitness and sport to keep people together

By Usain Bolt


I would like to begin by saying a big hello to the people of Mumbai and the athletes from the city and all over the country who will be gearing up for the run in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2012 on January 15.

I come from a land of sprinters, but I have great respect for long distance runners, especially those that run the distances of the full marathon with so much ease. Though I have trained for countless hours to reach where I am, just the thought of hitting the pavement for 42.197 km gives me the jitters. Those athletes are surely made of special stuff.

Having said that, I must also congratulate each and every participant who makes up the numbers in the marathon, for having the mental strength and drive to go out there and train his/her body to run for hours at end.

It’s mass events like the marathon that help generate a health and fitness culture among the general population and there is nothing better that health, fitness and sport to keep people together and build national pride.

India was in the news in 2010 because of the Commonwealth Games and there were talks of me coming down to represent my country. It was unfortunate that I could not make the trip, but I would definitely love to visit India, a place I have heard so many good things about, because traveling to new destinations and making new friends strikes a chord in me.

I played cricket in my early days as well as soccer and then took to track and field, so what I am trying to say here is that playing some kind of sport in one’s early days is very important to unearth the talent in you.

Source: TNN

Picture credit: Erik van Leeuwen

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