About 300 students from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) set their books aside and decided to run for a cause- preventing the deaths n road accidents and keeping the roads safe for the people. IIT-D and other local ran for the Indian Road Safety Campaign in order to make people aware of the deaths which are caused by the road accidents every year in the world.
The marathon was named as 'Run for a cause' and was organized by the IIT-D students in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Delhi Traffic Police. The marathon was organized as part of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week.
“The purpose of the run was to promote the spirit of road safety among the people with the focus on speed. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries. Various nations, world-wide successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing safety when managing speed. The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads,” said Amar Srivastva, co-founder, Indian Road Safety Campaign.
School students, IIT-D students, IIT-D faculty, professional runners, college students and many others participated in the marathon.