The fifth edition of Vizag-Navy Marathon, the largest running event in the City of Destiny, was conducted at the Beach Road on Sunday, November 18, 2018. On the pleasant Sunday morning, 15,149 enthusiastic runners participated in 42.2 Km Courage Run, 21.1 Km Destiny Run, 10 Km Friendship Run and 5 Km Run for Fun, starting from Vishwapriya Function Hall on the pristine Beach Road along the Bay of Bengal. The highlight of this year was the participation of 20 runners from Singapore Navy in the Friendship Run, to commemorate 25 years of bilateral exercises between India and Singapore, "SIMBEX-18".
The event had a tremendous response from all walks of life. Participants from all age groups, children with parents, veterans, youth, naval personnel, foreigners and school children ran side by side, stride by stride. In addition to the participants, citizens of the city came out in large numbers to cheer the runners with spontaneity and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere early in the morning.
351 runners participated in 42 Km Courage Run which was flagged off by the Capt Animesh Nagar Cd Sports Officer ENC and Race Director Dr Murli Nannapaneni while 2254 runners participated in the 21 Km Destiny Run which was flagged by Cmde Arvind Sharma, Commanding Officer, INS Kalinga. The 10 Km Friendship Run was flagged off by Rear Adm Edwin Leong, Fleet Commander, Republic of Singapore Navy in the presence of Rear Adm DK Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet where over 4291 runners including those from Singapore Navy participated. The 5 Km Run for Fun witnessed record participation of 8253 runners and was flagged off by Cdr V Sriramulu (Retd) a nonagenarian veteran and World Masters Athletics Award Winner and Vice Adm Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC.
Vice Adm Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC, the Chief Guest for the prize distribution ceremony, presented cash awards to the winners on completion of the Marathon.