Successful: “Spirit of India Run”
From south to north, from Kanyakumari to Srinagar
What a challenge: Indias Ministry of Tourism felicitated Patrick Farmer, Ultra Marathon Runner and former Member of Australian Parliament and his Team. at a function on April 1th on successful completion of the 4.600 Km “Spirit of India Run” from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 64 days!
Farmer, a multiple world record holder for endurance running, wo has already run from the North Pole to the South Pole and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Middle East and North America, has served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament. He raised millions of dollars for worthy causes during his 20 year running career. Farmer’s “Spirit of India Run” is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia; encouraging tourism and personal relationships with a view to creating awareness of India as a ‘Must Experience’ destination for travellers from Australia; and supporting causes and charity which in the current endeavour is to raise funds for “Educating girl child in India”.
“He is a Brand Ambassador of Incredible India in Australia”, so Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism: “His Run will inspire people in Australia to visit India and mutual relations between India and Australia in Tourism sector will be strengthened.” He also said the Festival of India in Australia is going to be held this year, which will also boost Tourism in India. (ps)
Info: The “Spirit of India Run” was flagged off on 26th January 2016 in Kanyakumari, Farmer traversed through the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh , Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Farmer ran on an average 80 kms per day to complete the distance of 4.600 kms in a short span of 64 Days! The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs, High Commission of Australia in New Delhi along with Air India, State Governments of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh have supported the “Spirit of India Run”.