Mumbai Juniorthon

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The Bandra-Kurla complex, where the race began

The Mumbai Juniorthon is an annual running event for children and junior athletes in Mumbai, India.[1] Its stated aim is the encouragement of outdoor, physical activity, to increase fitness among children.[2]

History

The first Mumbai Juniorthon happened on December 6, 2015 in the Bandra Kurla complex. The event was held for children between the ages of 6 to 15, and supported various charities. Nearly 2,000 children from over 100 scools were booked to take part in the event.[3] Previously, a Bollywood actor, Vivek Oberoi had publicly suggestd that a reduction in the time children alloted to watching television and playing on electronic gadgetry should be limited;[4] one of the organisers has described the occasion as 'promot[ing] running as an active lifestyle for children and the entire family.'[5]

Popular support

Jacqueline Fernandez extended her personal support to the children's marathon,[6] as did Vivek Oberoi.;[7] as well as other popular figures such as Harshaali Malhotra, Darsheel Safary, Avneet Kaur who flagged off the runners.[8]

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