PUMA kicked off India's first relay running property for students with the Delhi edition of School of Speed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on February 15. School of speed is a relay race for children between the 7th and 10th standard, with each team comprising of 4 members who each run 1 kilometer to compete for the title of the Fastest Team and School. School of Speed is positioned to get students to take up running at an early stage.
The Delhi edition of School of Speed saw the relay race with over 1,500 students who participated enthusiastically for the title. Held at the imposing Commonwealth Games Stadium- the grand Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at the heart of the city, the event was a true spectacle for sports lovers. In a unique format, all four children from each team ran a total of 4Km together. Teams for School of Speed have been categorized into two age groups of - juniors from 7th-8th grade and seniors from 9th-10th grade for boys and girls both.
Key schools such as Modern School Vasant Vihar, Mount Carmel School, Oxford Public School and a host of other schools participated in the event, an indication that the race was well received by students in Delhi. Vidya Gyan School made a clean sweep in the junior boys category and GBSSS School bagged the junior girls title. Not to be left behind the senior teams raced competitively to see Vidya Gyan School and GBSSS School win the title in the senior girls and boys category respectively.
With Delhi hosting the grand finale for School of Speed, the Nation Winners in the senior boys and girls category were GBSSS School and Vidya Gyan School respectively.These young athletes have been training hard and have bagged this opportunity to meet the fastest man in the World Usain Bolt. Winners for the fastest girl and fastest boy were Sarita and Beant Singh from Vidya Gyan School and GBSSS School respectively.
New Delhi emerged the unofficial Fastest City because the winning teams for both Senior Boys and Senior Girls were from New Delhi. GBSSS School in New Delhi was the proud winners with the fastest teams being products of their school.
Talking about the grand finale of School of Speed, Rajiv Mehta, PUMA India MD said We at PUMA recognize that exercise is very important for the holistic growth of a child, and School of Speed is a perfect platform to inculcate habits of running and exercise at a grassroots level among students. The grand finale was one of the largest runs for children that the nation has seen, with almost 1500 children who participated. We hope that next years edition of School of Speed will only grow bigger and better so that we can encourage more children in the country to run.
The national winners from the senior category boys and girls teams- GBSSS School and Vidya Gyan School will now move on to an exclusive meet with Usain Bolt. The winners have been given a once in a life time opportunity to meet their sporting icon Bolt! By providing such unique opportunities and prizes for the students, PUMA hopes to continue to inspire children to run.