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Discovery Channel associates with Chaupal to organise rural marathon

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel has associated with Chaupal to organise the Chaupal Marathon, which will be held on 22 November at Sonepat, Haryana.

In its fourth year, Chaupal Marathon is an effort to raise understanding and educate rural people of Haryana on issues related to women empowerment, general health and hygiene.

The theme of this year’s marathon is ‘Women safety and respect’.

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific EVP and GM South Asia Rahul Johri said, “Discovery Channel through its programmes and on-ground events aims to make a positive difference in the lives of people. Our partnership with Chaupal is an effort to connect with people in rural areas and increase public awareness about various social causes.”

In its previous years, Discovery has supported Chaupal Marathon on issues like the health of the girl child, female foeticide, road safety and drug dependence.

Chaupal chairperson and physician Dr Rajinder Singh Tonk said, “Chaupal has been working tirelessly to provide healthy living and medical benefits to people thorough community outreach camps, mobile clinics and health centres. An annual event, the Chaupal Marathon is an initiative to raise awareness on healthy living. This time we will raise the important issue of women safety and try to inculcate in people, a sense of women respect. We are thankful to Discovery Channel for their continued participation in this initiative.”

The race will commence on 22 November at 7:30 am from Murthal University (Deen Bandhu Chotu Ram University) and end at the Chaupal Health Centre in village Banyapur, Sonepat, covering a total distance of 12 km.

10,000 runners from north India including national and international athletes are expected to participate in the marathon. Leading personalities like Olympics wrestler Sushil Kumar will also participate in the marathon.