Rock On

Wow wow wow…… I was simply amazed…. the temperature was close to 40 degrees…. 31/8/2008 can never be forgotten in my life …… I witnessed one of the spectaculars…… i was privileged to be a part of one the biggest event in the country but i would say biggest event in the world rather….. We didn have greats like Sachin, SRK, the Bachans to promote the event….. yet it turned out to be a massive massive hit….. All these things refers to the Chennai marathon….. People hold ur breathe for a minute….. It was recorded that nearly 1.7 lakh people participated in the event….. The place was so heavily crowded that the Chennai run turned out to be Chennai walk…..

I am proud to be in chennai…. I have always wondered y people here have not gathered as in Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi for certain things like Conditional Access System, Fuel Price Hike etc etc…. But i learnt that people in chennai never mind spending their time for something very useful like the marathon…. the theme for the event was Chennai Life Marathon “Idhu Silar life mara than“(That is this MARATHON is to change certain peoples life). This event was organised to help raise funds for children to leave work and
join school. I happened to see people like SURYA the actor and Kanni mozhi MP etc etc encouraging the enthusiastic gathering…. There were cheer leaders, multi color banners, so many corporate advertisements, Balloons in different colors flying all around….


I was more moved when i saw certain section of that crowd…. There were physically and mentally challenged people in the crowd…. I was out of words…. My heart was full of joy seeing their involvement for such a noble cause and it was also sad to hear that a student lost his life in Marathon due to Cardiac arrest…. I just pray GOD that for the sake of these people let the money be used for the purpose it was collected…. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace… Also saw people dressed in green, black, leaves to support the causes for less fuel usage and save the environment… But it was noticed by only a few…. hope it gathers momentum soon…

The chennai crowd rocks…… Vandharai Vazhavaikum Tamizhagam(“We make people from all race,creed etc etc to lead a healthy living) is true… this is yet another feature to cap of Chennai crowd… I still remember the standing ovation that the Pakistani Cricket team got when they won over India @ chepauk…. regardless of which team played in the IPL chennai crowd never booed any Indian playing against Superkings…. We love u Chennai….. “ROCK ON CHENNAI”

But i was really let down by the way it was organised. Man management was very poor. It became more of a mess for some people. But my blogs intend was to wish and salute the people of chennai with such a gr8 heart. Hope the organisation learns from its mistake and put up a better organised Marathon from next time.


6 thoughts on “Rock On

  1. Well said. It is good to have such a great crowd for a cause in chennai and unlike other metros who gather most of the time for entertainment.ellam mara than………………………………….ellam marum……..


  2. Nice to see peope running for a cause, sadly someone died during the run.

    If only this same “Chennai cricket-crazy crowd” would cheer for other sports the way they cheer for cricket. Oh well, wishing for the impossible I guess. What with the whole country being nuts about cricket.


  3. I wasn’t there but heard from my brother that it wasn’t organized at all. Many were running in the middle from nowhere. Many didn’t know when the race began. But as an event for a cause it gained popularity due to celebrities promoting the event. I bet that a large crowd came to catch a glimpse of Surya (My brother included) but nice to see all this as long as it serves the purpose. Chennai people have always been such a sport. Best crowd ever 🙂


  4. cheers!!!! to the spirit of being a chennai-ite….hope such good events arent jus rare spectaculars….wish we have many such events happenin(yup…in better organised way) around and more youngsters turn up to show dat they are responsible abt d society…


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