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December 06, 2004
Times News Network
Abhilasha Khaitan

Sachin Tendulkar is a self-confessed 'non-runner' -- especially over the long haul. A strictly 22 yards kinda guy (the length of a cricket pitch for those not in the know), the batsman makes no bones about his less-than-world-class prowess as a marathoner. Ask him if running would have been his chosen sport had he not been a cricketer, and he laughs, "No, I don't think so. I've never been fond of running."

But he's still participating in the Dream Run (seven kms) in the Mumbai International Marathon (scheduled for January 16). "It's the cause that matters, not the distance, isn't it?" says Tendulkar, who's running for Apnalaya, an NGO that also works for underprivileged children. "I thought this effort could help the kids." Children have long been Tendulkar's pet cause. He explains, "Whatever reaction you get from them is absolutely genuine. I experience this at home, everyday."

January 16 will be a family affair for the Tendulkars. Apart from wife Anjali, the batsman will have two other partners trotting alongside him. "I'm trying to bring my children (Arjun and Sara) as well, so that they can be a part of this event," he says. "And yes, it's going to be a slow jog for all of us."

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