New Delhi: Sunday saw Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium come alive with people turning up in huge numbers at the crack of dawn for the Delhi Half Marathon 2018.

The city experienced a nip in the air on the weekend but that did not stop over 35,000 people from turning up for the event. However, not many people were seen sporting pollution masks with the city’s AQI at 292 was in the 'poor' category. 

The run started from the stadium covering areas like India Gate, Mathura Road, Rajpath, Rafi Marg, Janpath, Zakir Hussain Marg, and Lodhi Road.

Compared to last year, the pollution levels were lower and it was easier to run.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, former cricketer Jonty Rhodes, MP Manoj Tiwari, Bharti Airtel CEO Ravindra Singh Negi were among the chief guests at the event.

Due to the decrease in air quality in Delhi over the last couple of days, Union environment minister Harshvardhan launched the Air Quality Early Warning System on October 15. The Press Information Bureau has tweeted out a video by the United Nations Environment Programme about proper waste management and disposal that 
will improve the air quality.