Flag -Off of the Run by Mr. GV Selvam, Vice President, VIT.
The year-long celebrations for the Centenary of Medical Education at CMC got off to an energetic start with the Centenary Run held on 26th January 2018 from the Hospital campus to the Oval Grounds, Bagayam Campus.
The Run was preceded by a press conference which was addressed by the Director, Dr. J.V.Peter and the Principal, Dr. Anna B. Pulimood. Here are few links to the newspaper coverage of the same:
For the Centenary Run, the participants had the option of running or walking either 7.5kms (from the Hospital campus) or 5km (from Voorhees College). The Run was flagged off by the Chief Guest, Mr. G.V. Selvam, Vice President of VIT University, along with the Director, Dr. JV Peter and the Principal, Dr. Anna B. Pulimood.
Water, lime and glucose were made available along the way at strategic locations. For the next hour, one could see enthusiastic runners and walkers all along the familiar Route #1. There were serious runners too- the first person at the finish line in the Oval Grounds, Bagayam, completed 7.5kms in approximately 25 minutes. The oldest participant was 85 years (!) – an inspiration to all of us.
Flag hoisting by Dr. DJ Christopher.
The Oval Grounds had a festive appearance, with a large, enthusiastic crowd. Events for children took place at the Oval grounds. Our Security Guards were lined up for the Republic Day, and the Flag Hoisting ceremony added to the celebratory mood. The Flag Hoisting was conducted by the Students Association, and the Chief Guest, Dr. D.J.Christopher, Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine, hoisted the flag and addressed the gathering.
Mr. Karthikeyan, former Mayor and sitting MLA of Vellore, and Mr. Nandakumar, sitting MLA of Anaicut, gave away the medals to the winners. This was followed by a sumptuous breakfast.
Dignitaries at the Oval
Grateful thanks are due to several individuals and Departments. The Department of Radiology, under the leadership of Dr. Sridhar Gibikote, took up the responsibility of organizing the Centenary Run at a very short notice. Their hard work and meticulous planning ensured that the Run, with over 800 participants, was conducted smoothly. We also thank the Physical Director, Dr. R. Balaganesan and his team, Mr. Thomas Veddakan (Event Management) and Mr. Anbarasu (Transport Department) for their immense help at every stage of the planning of this event. The Institution is also grateful to the Superintendent of Police, Thiru P. Pakalavan, as well as the Inspectors of Vellore North, South and Bagayam Police Stations and the Traffic Police for granting us permission and protection during the Run through Vellore City. We also thank the local organisations- Lion’s Club, GRT Residency, Darling Residency, Harish Food Zone and Jayanthi Bakery- for sponsoring the water stops along the route. Thanks also to the large number of volunteers- staff and students- who ensured the smooth conduct of the race.