Come November 9 and the Capital will relive the joy of running in the Delhi Half Marathon. Now in its fourth year, over 30,000 participants are expected for the event, the prize money for which has been upped by a whopping $ 50,000 to stand at $210,000.
The feature event of the day, the open Half Marathon will be run over 21 kilometers. Rwandan Diudonne Disi had won last year, clocking 1:00:43 while Ram Singh Yadav finished first among the Indians in 1:06:09.
Addressing the gathering, Indian Olympic Association president, Suresh Kalmadi, said, “The Half Marathon is the perfect build-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Now that we have our Olympic heroes (shooter Abhinav Bindra, boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar) who won laurels in the Beijing Olympics, it would make us Indians look beyond cricket.”
Asked about the infrastructure development for the Pune Commonwealth Youth Games in October, Kalmadi was upbeat. “We are fully prepared for the Games. The badminton hall is ready as is the shooting range.”
Music director A.R. Rehman also graced the occasion as the brand ambassador of a telecom company.