25,000 to run in Delhi marathon
Known as the world's richest half marathon, the event will attract 40 of the globe's top 100 runners. Your take?india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 15:14 IST
Around 25,000 people are set to take part in the second edition of the Hutch Delhi Half Marathon which will be flagged off from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital on Sunday.
Known to be the world's richest half marathon, the event carries a huge prize money of $150,000 and will attract at least 40 of the world's top 100 long distance runners.
The event will be held in three categories - the 21.097-km half marathon, the seven-kilometre Great Delhi Run and the 4.3-km long Senior Citizens' Run. The main race will be flagged off at 7 am from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is the starting and the finishing point.
A generous sprinkling of top names - like world No 3 Evand Cheruiyot of Kenya and his compatriot and defending champion Philip Rugut, the winner of the 2006 Commonwealth Games marathon (men's section) Samson Ramadani of Tanzania, women's world No 9 Irina Timofeyeva of Russia and the silver medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games marathon Helen Cherono of Kenya - makes it a truly world class event.
There is a separate prize fund for Indian athletes and the varied levels of competition will provide a platform for runners of all ages.
The 21.097 km event will also have a veteran category for men and women and a senior veteran category too. The age limit for the open category is 18 years and above, while the veteran category will be open to men 45 years and above and women 40 years and above.
The senior veterans category will be open to men 55 years and above and women 50 years and above. Besides, there will be a wheelchair event for the physically handicapped.
The biggest spectacle of the event will be the Great Delhi Run, which will be run over a distance of seven kilometres. This race, open for persons of 12 years and above, is expected to see people from all walks of life and age groups coming together on a single platform, showcasing to the world the spirit of India. The Great Delhi Run also helps raise funds for charity.
The people of Delhi will get a chance to run along with the likes of Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, arguably the greatest long distance runner ever and Vijay Amritraj, India's best-known global sports ambassador and former India cricket captain Kapil Dev, who are the brand ambassadors of the event.
Legendary athlete Hugh Jones, winner of the 1982 London Marathon and now secretary of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races, is the technical director of the event.