Manipal: Many enthusiastic runners took part in “Footsteps to Inspire”, the beach run organized by Manipal Runners Club and MAHE Sports Council at Malpe on Sunday. The annual event was flagged off by Dr. Anitha S, Head of Centre of sexual assault crisis, Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine KMC Manipal.
With the rain gods being kind, Malpe beach was just the right place to be on a Sunday at the break of dawn for a run and that too for a cause. The cool breeze wafting across the Arabian Sea made for a perfect setting as everyone remembered Clair McFarlene the Australian who started the run three years ago.
Claire, a rape survivor, after her long-drawn legal battle, used running as a means to heal herself and create awareness. She turned this personal battle into something much greater to tell the world that this often stigmatized topic of sexual violence should end. Claire hoped to send that message through running and she has started this campaign in many countries.
The runners ran on the road alongside the beach in the picturesque surrounding. There were those who ran 5k and 10k and enjoyed every moment. The runners were given medals.
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