In the memory of martyrs, BSF organized “The BSF Half Marathon – 2017”. It was flagged off by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs (I/C) & Sports and Information and Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
The marathon received overwhelming response of residents of Delhi and participants who registered to run for the cause. Total 4,865 participants registered for the run. In addition, BSF Prahari Pariwar participated in large numbers. Col Rathore paid tribute to the martyrs of the force and flagged off half marathon.
Other segment of the race, 05 kilometre run was flagged off by the MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju. The minister also participated in the run for martyrs with DG BSF Shri K.K. Sharma and other force members, including members of BWWA.
The BSF Half Marathon had the support of Padma Shri Ms P.T. Usha, Padma Bhusan Shri Abhinav Bindra, Arjuna Awardee Shri Amit Luthra, and Ms Swara Bhasker, and all of them graced the occasion.
Also cricketers Virat Kohli, Md Shami and Yusuf Pathan supported the cause by their social media posts. Actor Akshay Kumar has also supported BSF Half Marathon 2017 run for martyrs. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr Satya Pal Singh and Ms Sonal Mansingh were also present during honouring the winners.
In the function, the family members of martyrs were also felicitated. All trophies and prizes were dedicated to force martyrs. Medals and certificates were distributed to all the participants.