The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India along with State Tourism Departments of the States of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh are supporting ‘ Spirit of India Run ’ by Mr. Pat Farmer, an ultra marathon runner from Australia. Mr. Pat Farmer covering 4600 km in 60 days which started from Kanyakumari and would finish in Kashmir. Mr. Farmer initiated his run on 26 January 2016 celebrating India's Republic Day and also the Australia Day.
2. Mr. Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running and has run from the North Pole to the South Pole, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Middle East and North America. He has served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training. Mr. Farmer has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes during his 20 year running career.
3. Mr. Farmer’s ‘ Spirit of India Run ’ is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia; encourage tourism and personal relationships with a view to create awareness of India as a ‘Must Experience’ destination for travellers from Australia; and support causes and charity which in the current endeavour is to raise funds for education of girl child.
4. Mr. Farmer runs on an average around 80 km., and prefers to begin his run by 5.30 am everyday from the point where he ended his run on previous day.
5. ‘Spirit of India Run’ is also being supported by Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) who is providing a set of two experienced and knowledgeable local drivers in each State to ensure smooth flow of movement of the vehicles accompanying Mr. Farmer.
6. Mr. Pat Farmer is being accompanied by a television crew which would cover the entire run and prepare a documentary that would be screened multiple times on Australia's Channel 9 TV Network.
7. Mr. Pat Farmer entered Mumbai from Goa on 16th February 2016 and Maharashtra Tourism is assisting and coordinating all his arrangements while he is in Maharashtra.
8. As Pat Farmer entered Maharashtra, Indiatourism Mumbai alongwith Maharashtra Tourism greeted Mr. Farmer at Banda - Border of Maharashtra with a traditional welcome. State Government Officials and Tourism Officials alongwith Sports enthusiasts from Sindhudurg District were also be present. Mr. Farmer will be in Maharashtra for eleven days covering Velagar, Malvan, Mithgavane, Ratnagiri, Velneshwar, Dapoli, Lonere, Pen, Shirsad and Kasa and will be in Mumbai on 16th and 17 February 2016. Mr. Farmer will be leaving Maharashtra for his onward journey into Gujarat on the 18th February 2016.
9. Further, Gujarat Tourism will take over the arrangements for Mr. Farmer at Bhilad, the Gujarat entry point. Pat Farmer will be in Gujarat from 20th to 27th February 2016 for a period of seven days, covering Vapi, Navsari, Ankleshwar, Por, Chaklasi, Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar. On the 25 February 2016, while he is in Ahmedabad, Indiatourism, Mumbai alongwith Gujarat Tourism will felicitate Mr. Farmer at an “Incredible India Evening”. Mr. Farmer will further proceed to Rishabhdev where Rajasthan Tourism will be taking over the arrangements of the ‘Spirit of India Run’ alongwith the Indiatourism, Jaipur.
10. All the State Departments of Police, Traffic, Education, Sports, Health and media have been requested to extend their support in their respective States for the smooth conduct of “Spirit of India Run”.