Nahan: The Himalayan group of professional institutions (HGPI) oagali (Kala amb) organized a marathon on the eve of the 61st republic day. PWD minister Gulab Singh Thakur flagged off the marathon (Run for national integration). Thousands of the students from different educational institutions participated in the marathon which turned the atmosphere of the town in the colors of patriotism. Appreciating the effort of the Himalayan group Minister said that such efforts could help in increasing the patriotism among the youngsters. He said that every educational institution should come forward to do the job like this. Chairman of the Himalayan group Rajneesh Bansal said that the aim to start the marathon was to increase the patriotism among the people specifically among the youngsters. He said that this marathon Â started last year which would be promoted in the different parts of the district.