Bhubaneswar:Xavier Institute of Management-Xavier University, Bhubaneswar organized “X-Athon ’17”, its flagship 10K marathon, here on Sunday. This was a prelude to XIMB’s annual cultural and business festival “Xpressions 2017”.

The marathon, which was a call for people to run for a cause and aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles while spreading awareness and raising funds for a social cause,  covered a stretch of 10 km from the XIMB Campus to PatiaChowk and back. Deepak Sahoo, the founder and CEO of Arrelic – an IoT based deep tech firm, was the chief guest for the event. This year, X-Athon had collaborated with Mr. Sahoo and his team from Arrelic, as a part of their campus engagement initiatives.

More than 500 people, including college students, corporate employees  were a part of the run. Rohit Kara and Sukhulal Munda emerged as winner and runner up in the marathon and received  cash prizes of  Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.  AnanyaGoyal,secured the first position in women category, receiving a cash prize of Rs 10,000. Apart from that, eight year old, RitvikBharadwaj, completed the marathon and received special mention.

This noble venture was also supported by Rhino Wires & Cables-Gupta Power ,Pravat Caterer & Enterprise,  Indian Oil Corporation , Tipcard and Utal Institue of Medical Sciences & Hospital.

In the later half of the day, theSocial Responsibility Cell (SRC) of Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XIMB, XUB) organized X-Enable’17, at the XUB grounds, with a vision of letting the specially abled ones take flight in the area of sports.

X-Enable’17 witnessed around 70 participants of both senior and junior age groups from Harsha Memorial School for Deaf and Dumb, Pallashpalli, Nursery School of Deaf and Swabhiman, Bhubaneswar. Trophies and certificates of the various events were handed over by Father Arockia, assistant registrar (admin) and student affairs, Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University and Fr. Alwyn of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.