It may be mentioned here that Muzaffarnagar is a flashpoint in Uttar Pradesh in which some 60 people were killed in Hindu-Muslim riots last year.

The marathon organized on Wednesday saw participation of around 4,000 children, along with people from all walks of life including journalists, police officials and members of various women and civil society organisations.

Later the peace marathon concluded with a cultural function featuring Independence Day-themed programmes.

The five-kilometre marathon is an annual event which was organised for the third time in a row.

Speaking on the occasion social activist Satyaprakash Reshu, said, “When the race will cross mosques, temples, gurdwaras and churches, heads of these institutions will also take part in it. We have organised this event to spread the message of peace and harmony in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar and also for the Independence Day. We want to send across a message that Muzzafarnagar is united and peaceful and people belonging to all religions feel united here.”

However, the highlight of the marathon was a 116-year-old man who also participated in the marathon and ran along with other participants.

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