Perhaps the mundane daily grind does not let us realise the nuts and bolts in our body. Perhaps we need a 10 Km Run to listen to the complaints of our physical self. Perhaps, fresher’s need to run 10 kms to realise that famous adage, “pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.” With more than 500 first time runners, Pulse 10 km Run organised by the No. 2 Coy, 9 Karnataka Battalion NCC of Christ University spread across the significance of Health and Fitness.
Following a rousing reception, Honorary Col Dr Fr Thomas C Mathew, the Vice Chancellor of Christ University greeted the participants and encouraged the 2/9 Coy NCC to keep the spirit of health and fitness high. Col Biju M. Thomas, the Group Commander of Bangalore Group 'B' NCC flagged of the event at 6:30 am sharp. Within a span of 30 minutes and 22 seconds, as though they were sprinting 10,000 metres, two participants had finished the race! The difference between the first prize winner Praveen Khambal and the next-in-line Manoj Kumar was just a second. In the women's category, Poornima R and Sahana H D finished first and second respectively.
Olympian C S Poonacha, the chief guest of the event, congratulated Christ University's 2/9 Coy for initiating such a noble venture, and encouraged the 750 participants to attend to health and fitness even more vigorously. Col Narendra Shukla, Commanding Officer of 9 Karnataka Battalion NCC observed that he was impressed with the delightful compositional mix of the participants- the young and old, Africans and Koreans, faculty and students, etc. 68-year-old Balakrishna, the winner of the Senior Division Category stood out for the passion and commitment he showcased. The university's Registrar Dr. Anil Pinto remarked that it was a commendable effort on the part of Prof Padmakumar and Prof Sajina for having led the well-knit 2/9 Coy NCC cadets and ensured that Pulse 10 km Run was a grand success.