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A representative of Etasha society, an NGO that works for youth empowerment by training and helping them find appropriate employment.

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Thought Bad Air Quality Could Faze Delhi Marathoners? Check Again

Delhi Half Marathon managed to draw huge crowds despite the poor air quality the city is reeling under. 

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Despite calls for cancellation, Airtel not only went ahead with its Delhi Half Marathon on 19 November, but also witnessed an enthusiastic reception by Delhi runners. Airtel conducted its first ever annual Half Marathon in Delhi in 2005, making Sunday’s marathon the 12th event of its kind.

We were live from the Half Marathon to get a sense of how excited the people are about it, or if the smog and the recent drop in air quality levels have daunted them. Take a look!


While the general vibe of the hour was that of excitement, selfies and check-ins, there were different groups of NGOs and organisations who were trying to spread awareness about the poor quality of air in Delhi.

Additionally, there were also NGOs who were participating in the marathon to raise awareness about causes that included youth empowerment and air pollution.

In the last couple of days, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi ranged from “very unhealthy” to “hazardous”. The levels crossed the 300 ‘danger’ mark in several parts of the city.

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