The 2023 Vadodara Marathon is the landmark 10th edition and celebrates the Spirit of Fitness in Atmanirbhar India. The pandemic years taught all of us many lessons, yet the prime one is the need to fit and healthy. Fitness is an individual endeavor and nothing epitomizes self- reliance as running and Vadodara Marathon is the ultimate test of it. This edition of the marathon is a testimony of Self Reliance / Atmanirbharta towards achieving fitness for oneself and for the nation.
Vadodara Marathon has a tradition of organizing unique and exciting pre-events in the lead-up to the Marathon, for each edition. The ever-popular Queens Run was held Friday 2nd December 2022, with over 3,000 girls and women doing Zumba, dancing and running on the roads of Vadodara, a distance of 2.25KM on a pre-determined route, at night. Flagged off at 8PM by H.H. Maharani Radhikaraje Gaekwad, with Hon. Mayor Shri Keyur Rokadia, VM Brand Ambassadors Dr. Bhagwatiben Oza and Mira Erda, senior management of MG Shri Manish Manek and Shri Manish Patel, and other dignitaries; it was a sea of pink as participants wore VM pink T-shirts. The causes highlighted by the Queens Run included voter awareness, women’s empowerment, and safety of Vadodara at night for women.
During the pandemic and lockdown period of 2020-22, VM planned and conducted various activities, to ensure that families and individual remain fit, and follow a healthy lifestyle even within their homes, as fitness helps keep immunity levels high, thus ensuring good health. Taking care of the community also meant caring for those under-privileged communities who couldn’t take care of themselves, and VM fulfilled its community serve obligations throughout the pandemic enforced lockdown.
VM organized and conducted these events: