Celebrated runners participate in the Delhi race despite a huge rise in pollution

Several of the most well-known long-distance runners from around the globe ran in a half-marathon on 29 November in New Delhi. The COVID-19 cases in the city are only increasing day by day, and the pollution surge is at an all-time high.

The event saw live participation of 60 runners. The remaining ones ran in their cities and on their choice of routes. They recorded the race timings and distance on an app and submitted their entries. Although the city’s pollution, in general, is at a hazardous level; it was found to be way better on Sunday. The Air Quality Index was at 252 on a scale of 500, registering at “poor” levels, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. One organizer informed, “The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will follow the highest level of safety standards, with bio-secure zones to ensure a COVID free race for the elite runners.”