Over 1500 people including men, women and youngsters ran for the cause to promote healthy lifestyle practices in a and 5 km and 10 km ‘Beardo-Thon’ which kicked off from Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, Chandigarh at 7am on Sunday. The event was hosted by Bharat Beard club which has been working towards improving Men’s health and raising awareness on early prevention of cancer by organising such marathons across the country.
The marathon was flagged off by ————who expressed satisfaction at the effort being made by Bharat Beard Club to promote holistic health.
Reiterating the need for such events, he urged people cutting across age groups to commit to the cause of good physical, emotional and mental health.
Bharat Beard Club has organized such events in Bengaluru and Mumbai and the marathon being held in Chandigarh is the third in the series. From here, the event will be organized in Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad. Funds raised in the event will be given to the Mumbai-based NGO, Cancer Aid and Research Foundation – CARF
The marathon crossed Rock Garden, Sukhana lake, Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh Golf Course and other important areas of the city. The participants were encouraged with live Dhol and DJ music.
According to Vishal Singh, Founder and President, of Bharat Beard Club – BBC “Cancer is a mere symptom of another deeply entrenched malady – faulty lifestyle. Every little choice made in the course of the day brings people closer to or takes them away from cancer. The need of the hour is to motivate people to make the right choices, live closer to nature and focus on living a fulfilled life instead of a fast one”.
Adding to it he said, “Cancer is spreading its tentacles in the country. According to the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, around 2.5 million people are afflicted with the disease and every year, around 7 lakh new cases are reported. Much of this is directly linked with the faulty lifestyle we lead. Fast food, sedentary lifestyle, use of intoxicants and high stress levels has led to millions into the jaws of death. We want to do our bit to reverse this and this marathon is an effort in that direction,”.