Flagging it as a universal sport with no barriers, former Spanish woman tennis star Arantxa Sanchez Vicario on Thursday said running was the best forms of exercises for fitness.
"Running is one of the best forms of fitness and is a universal sport with no barriers," Arantxa told reporters here as the ambassador of the coming Sunday's TCS World 10K international marathon in this tech hub Bengaluru.
On her maiden visit to Bengaluru, the 47-year-old former world number 1 said she remained connected to sport by associating with events like the TCS marathon, being organised since a decade by India's IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services.
Known for her tenacity and never-say-die attitude, the Spanish legend said anyone could run, while even families could run together.
"I believe the acceptance for running in Bengaluru through the TCS World 10K has gotten bigger and bigger every year," she said.
About 25,000 runners, including international track and field athletes, have registered to run in the 12th edition of the marathon.
Organised along with Procam International, the race is being held in the garden city since 2011 to promote a healthy and active lifestyle with the focus on a fit workforce.
"I am sure the runners are geared up to give their best and have fun too. I wish all the participants and look forward to experiencing the energy and excitement on race day," Arantxa said.