Bhubaneswar, 5th March 2021: The annual Biju Patnaik Mini Marathon was organised by Sports and Youth Services Department (DSYS), today, on the occasion of birth anniversary of legendary statesman and former Chief Minister of Odisha, Late Biju Patnaik, within the Kalinga Stadium.
The marathon saw participation from over 400 runners and was flagged off by Minister for Sports and Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, Tusharkanti Behera, Padma Shri Dilip Tirkey, and Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, Vishal K Dev. Other officials and dignitaries of DSYS were also present on the occasion.
Flagging off the annual mini marathon, Minister for Sports and Youth Services, Odisha, Tusharkanti Behera, said, “It is heartening to see the enthusiasm of the participants. Despite the pandemic phase, we wanted to host this annual event and keep the legacy going. Instituted in the name of late Biju Babu, this mini marathon has always offered a fantastic running experience and there are many who eagerly await this event. It is also our way of promoting health and fitness and next year we are hoping to conduct it in its usual grand format.”
On this day, I urge you all to follow the principles and ideals of our legendary statesman late Shri Biju Patnaik
Unlike previous editions, this year, the mini marathon was closed to public. Sportspersons and officials associated with DSYS participated in the run in regulated clusters, following Covid 19 guidelines.
Hydration points, medical facilities, ambulance service, route markers and course marshals were arranged by DSYS along the marathon route.