Distance running is making it’s presence felt in India (after the half marathon in Delhi in November). The biggest distance race in Eastern India, the Kolkata 25 k is set to be kicked off on Sunday, December 28th.
The event will feature renowned runners like Sudha Singh, Kavita Raut, Lalita Babbar, Nitendra Rawat and Soji Mathew.
Top Indian Runners in the fray
Leading the fray in women category will be Sudha Singh, Asian Games Gold Medallist 2010 and SCMM 2014 Half Marathon Winner. Lalita Babbar from Central Railway is also part of the hopefuls with a solid pedigree – A three time winner of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and Delhi half marathon and winner at the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships.
Kavita Raut, India’s leading long-distance runner who holds the current Indian National record for 10 km road running with a timing of 34:32 as well as the current Indian National record in the half marathon with a timing of 1:12:50 will provide still competition to her Indian team mates.
The men’s category will be led by half marathon specialist from Kerela Soji Mathew and 10,000m gold medallist in the All India Inter-university championship, Kheta Ram, 10000 mtrs National Games winner and upcoming talent Sanvroo Yadav.
A Charitable Cause
The event will also provide a platform for NGO’s and charitable organizations. 24 NGOs are part of this platform and they will supporting various causes ranging from Human Rights and Disability to Education and Healthcare during the Run. Some key NGO’s that are taking part – CRY, Hope Foundation Kolkata, ARUN (Association for Rural and Urban Needy), Samarpan Foundation, Bhumi, Tata Medical Centre, Dignity Foundation, Parichiti, Magic Bus, Future Hope, Anirban Rural Welfare Society, Enlighten A Girl Child, Concern India Foundation, Swabalambi, Indian Institute of Celebral Palsy
Events for the Kolkata 25k:
The Kolkata 25k race will feature five categories:
- 25km Run (18+) for the elite and amateurs
- Open 10km Run (15+) for amateurs
- 6km Ananda Run (12+)
- 4km Sr. Citizens Run (60+)
- 4km Champions with Disability (12+)
The winner stands to gain INR 2,50,000 as prize money, not to mention the praise and recognition.
So we look forward to an exciting Sunday morning for the Kolkata distance racing fans along with a meaningful contribution being made to society through the charitable organizations.