Amritsar: Inspirational centurion runner Fauja Singh will lead the walk in a marathon meet in December, which is aimed at highlighting the city's culture, history and heritage.

'The Gold City Marathon Amritsar - 2012' (TGCMA) will be the first-ever in the city.

Two promotional events, 'Run for the City' and 'Citizens Walk', are being organised on Sunday to kick-start a year-long preparation for the run.

Singh became the oldest person to complete a full marathon (42 km) in Toronto at the age of 100.

'Pride of Punjab' Singh will lead the walk, which will involve various civil society members, NGOs, educational institutions, and backed by corporate houses.

Gunbir Singh, chairperson, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the brain behind the move, said that the 'holy city' is blessed with much tourism potential and its most important destination is the Golden Temple.

"Thus this holistic, annual activity is being planned for augmenting this potential. We have set up Amritsar Tourism Outreach (ATO) for the purpose and we plan to have the city's first marathon run by the year-end," he said.

The motto of the run, he said, will be 'Amritsar - My city, My Pride, My Responsibility' and its primary motive is to make the general public aware of making the city beautiful and clean.

Gunbir Singh added that they intend to involve general public and citizens of every age group to take an active part in the run.

(Agencies)