To mark the celebration of 75 years of independence, the Zonal Physical Education Department Bandipora organized a marathon race/Padyatra on Sunday.The marathon race was flagged off by the Youth Services and Sports Officer Ghulam Qadir Bhat in presence of Zonal Physical Education Officer, Safoora Akhter. The Padyatra started from Bus Stand Sumlar and culminated at Middle School Mirpora Arin Bandipora. Students from different educational institutions of block Bandipora participated in the Yatra. As many as 150 students participated in the marathon besides teaching staff, PETs, Rehbar-e-Khel and volunteers. While passing through different villages, the students raised the slogans of unity and nation building. The marathon was organized as part of a series of events under ‘Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Later, a function was organised at MS Arin where Tanveer Ahmad, a sports teacher highlighted the role of sports activities in day to day life. He reiterated that a sports mind resides in a sound body. On the occasion, participants were honoured with mementos and medals.