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4000 km Spirit of India Run culminates at Srinagar

Aussie ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer completed the run

SRINAGAR:  Aussie ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer minced no words to appreciate the beauty of Kashmir after culminating his 4600 kilometres ‘Spirit of India Run’ in Srinagar on March 29.

The 53-year-old former Australian Member of Parliament who started his marathon from Kanyakumari on January 26 completed his 64 days marathon on March 29 after taking his last running steps at historic Mugal Garden Nishat at 11 am, reports Scoopnews.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Lone, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah besides other officers from tourism department, travel trade and hospitality sectors received him at Nishat Garden where he along with his team were felicitated.

“The Spirit of India Run is my way of making a difference. I feel elated to have finished this marathon at this Garden. This is historic day for me to have finished it in Kashmir. I had never imaged Kashmir would be this much beautiful,” Farmer said. He said he would promote Kashmir for tourism on his social networking sites including twitter and his personal website.

“I have already given interviews to international media especially from Australia where I talked about Kashmir’s beauty. Kashmir is very beautiful. I would definitely promote it among Australians and in other countries,” said Farmer.

Farmer said the purpose of the run was three-fold which include strengthening the relations between Australia and India, to raise funds for disadvantaged girls in India through the Nanhi Kali Foundation and to inspire people, both in India and Australia, to follow their own dreams and make a difference as individuals.

The distance runner and former Australian Member of Parliament enjoyed support from the state government especially the J&K Tourism Department. Pat reached Kashmir on March 28 and he was given rousing reception at Banihal Tunnel.

The team of ‘Spirit of India’ Run was accorded a warm reception at Jawahar Tunnel at 7 am yesterday by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Muneer Ul Islam, Director Tourism Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, SDM Dooru and Bollywood Actor, Imran Khan, besides prominent citizens of the area, media persons and officials of Tourism department.

Today, Pat ran from Awantipura at 4 am and reached Nishat Garden at around 11 am.

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