Modi, Milkha Singh to flag off night marathon

TNN | Feb 21, 2014, 10.42 PM IST

SURAT: Chief minister Narendra Modi will flag off the 5-km Surti lala run and a 10-km run in the first night marathon in the city on Sunday. The half and full night marathon would be flagged off by Flying Sikh Milkha Singh.

Police have made elaborate arrangement for the security of more than 50,000 runners at the event. At least 25 international and 50 national athletes are expected to take part in the marathon, which would be witnessed by over 10 lakh people.

Additional commissioner of police P C Katara said, "More than 1,100 strong policemen would be on duty. This includes 11 assistant commissioners of police and 20 police inspectors. They would be assisted by 3,000 volunteers recruited by Surat Marathon company."

Police will close the marathon route roads from Sunday afternoon through a notification. The programmes connected with the event will begin on Sunday at 4 pm and would continue until Monday 4am.