Vadodara is all geared up to host the eighth international marathon on Sunday. Over one lakh participants have registered themselves for the event that will be flagged off by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. "Around 1,02,000 participants have registered themselves for this mega event compared to 2018's total of 92,000 participants," Tejal Amin, Chairperson, Vadodara International Marathon (VIM), said Saturday. The marathon will be held across four categories: 42 km, 21 km, 10 km and 5 km. Other categories include "divyang paralympic run", "swachhata run", "pledge run" and "jawan run".
"Accredited to the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races, the Vadodara Marathon is the recipient of the AIMS gold medal for the 'smallest city, biggest Marathon'," said Amin. Amin said a special machine has been brought in for shredding plastic generated after tomorrow's run. "It will be recycled and reused as polyester yarn," she said. Among other attractions, Oman's Haitham Rafi will sing "Vaishnav jan to....", the favourite bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi, when the event will be flagged off.