Mumbai (RBI), Nov 27: The 196th Minithon in its 24th year, hosted by the Ryan International Group of Institutions, was held on November 27 in Mumbai with the enthusiastic participation of more than 10,000 students from a number of schools in Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai. The Ryan Minithon, one of the largest minithons for school students in the country, is organized annually in twelve cities in India, such as Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Jabalpur, Raipur, Jaipur, Bangalore, Surat, Nasik, and Chandigarh by the Ryan International Group of Institutions. Ryan Minithon 2023 was flagged off from St Lawrence High School, Borivali, by Dr Snehal Pinto, the director of Ryan International Group of Institutions, along with a number of esteemed guests in attendance.
Undeterred by the heavy rain in the morning just before the race, the students in the age groups of U-12, U-14, and U-16 ran enthusiastically in this Minithon, covering the 4 km route lined with a continuous human chain of teachers, scouts, and RSP students. According to the founder chairman, Dr A F Pinto, and the managing director, Dr Grace Pinto, of the Ryan International Group of Institutions, such minithons will encourage young people to lead active lifestyles and nurture a vibrant sports culture within the nation.
The winners of the Ryan Minithon 2023 from different age groups were awarded in an enthralling felicitation ceremony interspersed with melodious music and dance performances in the presence of a large number of students, parents, and distinguished guests hailing from the fields of sports, the defence forces, media, and entertainment.
St Aloysius High School, Nallasopara, received the 2023 Ryan Minithon Mumbai Division Championship Trophy. St Lawrence High School, Borivali, secured the second place, and Ryan Christian School, Borivali, achieved the third place. Amidst thunderous applause, certificates of achievement were also awarded to the top six finishers in each category.
All the guests and parents praised the pioneering initiative of the Ryan Group of Institutions in organizing such a mega event like Ryan Minithon, serving as a catalyst for the accomplishments of numerous athletes, the latest being Aishwarya Mishra, an alumna of the Ryan Group, who won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the Asian Games 2023.