Australian ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer to run through Goa on Feb 8

Panjim, 5 Feb 2016: En routefrom Kanyakumari to Kashmir,  ultra  marathon runner  from Australia, Pat  Farmer who has undertaken the Spirit of  India Run  is  all set  to step into Goa  on  February 8, 2016.
The excitement  has  built up here in Goa  to  welcome Pat Farmer, and  Goa  Tourism along  with other  multiple  departments have made  elaborate  arrangements for the Australian  runner during his visit to the State next week.
Farmer  who initiated  the run since  January 26, 2016 will enter Goa  in the wee hours of  February 8  and  will exit on February 9 after running  72 kms from Pollem to Velagar (Maharashtra).
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 the girl child.
The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India along with State Tourism Departments of the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh are supporting  Spirit of India Run  by Mr. Pat Farmer, Spirit of India Run is also being supported by  Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Federation of Hotels & Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI), Hotel Association of India, Indian Heritage Hotels Association, etc.
Several interaction sessions have been organised between Pat Farmer and students at Canacona and Margao. A special programme has been organised at Ravindra  Bhavan, Fatorda.  Several  sports persons, athletes,  and volunteers   from Goa  will accompany  Farmer  during  his  run  in  the  State.  School  children will  also  cheer  Farmer  along the  running  route and all security and medical  facilities  have been  put  in place   to  ensure  that  Farmer’s  run through  Goa  is  a grand   success.
The  Director of  Tourism,  Mr. Sanjeev C.Gauns Dessai  said, “ It  is  a  great  privilege   to  have  Pat  Farmer  in Goa and  his  mission  will inspire  the  youth and sportsmen and women of  the  State. We wish Farmer a comfortable run through Goa and all the way to Kashmir.  His   run  is  for  a  charitable  cause and  students in the  State  should  gather  in  large  numbers  to cheer Farmer.”
He  further  said, “We  have   made  all arrangements  for  a  grand welcome  at  Pollem and  programmes   at  Canacona and Margao and we  invite the general public to partake in them  in large  numbers.”
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 as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training.