‘Run to The Moon’ Raises Rs 19 Lakh For The Under-Recognized Athletes Of Indian Sport, P. Gopichand Praises The Initiative

The popular Run to the Moon conducted by IDBI Federal Life Insurance and NEB Sports ended on Tuesday. Nearly 14,000 runners from around the world covered a distance of 9,08,800 kilometers for over 30 days.

Kickstarted by national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Arjuna Awardees Ashwini Nachappa and Malathi Holla, the run was held to raise funds for India’s needy coaches and sports support staff who have been struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants were given a collective target of 3,84,400 kilometres — the distance between the earth and the moon, to be finished by July 21, which marks the 51st anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. Surprisingly, the runners ended up covering the distance twice over.