- City to run together again on November 21, 2010
New Delhi, September 22, 2010 : Delhi's running community, sports loving populace and health and fitness enthusiasts are in line for another ringside view of some of the world's leading distance runners along with India's best when the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will be run in the capital city on November 21, 2010. The world's most prestigious Half Marathon race, recognised by IAAF as a "Gold Label Event" and certified by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races returns for the sixth year, and for the third time in its current avatar of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
• 6th edition of Delhi's most eagerly awaited annual sporting celebration, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2010.
• Physical registrations for Half Marathon to open on September 21, 2010 and close on November 4, 2010 or whenever running places are full, whichever is earlier.
• Rs 600 will be the entry fee for the Half Marathon and Rs 300 for the Great Delhi Run.
• Rs 200 will the entry fee for the Senior Citizens’ Run and the Wheelchair Event.
The registrations for the event were declared open by Sanjay Kapoor, CEO-India & South Asia, of Bharti Airtel, in the presence of Hugh Jones, General Secretary of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) and a member of the IAAF Road Running Commission, the various partners to the event and Anil Singh and Vivek B Singh of Procam International, the promoters of the event at a press conference to launch the event at the Official Host Hotel Le Meridien in New Delhi on Tuesday, September 21.
Making the announcement, Sanjay Kapoor, CEO-India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel, said, "We are delighted to bring the 3rd edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to the city of Delhi. This epic and inspirational event, hosted by the warm and hospitable citizens of Delhi, has become both an iconic sporting occasion for the nation and a special day full of endeavour, fantastic stories and fundraising. We invite all Delhiites to participate again in large numbers to make this the biggest and best year for the Half Marathon."
Prize money of USD 210,000 on offer helps the event maintain its status as the world's richest half marathon and is expected to attract 40 of the world's top 100 male and female long distance athletes. The event will also witness the presence of some of the biggest names from the world of sport as Event Ambassadors.
Last year's initiative of putting a chip on the shoes of all half marathon participants was welcomed by one and all and has helped elevate the level of the half marathon field to an extent where all participants in that category can be termed serious runners. Free training packages offered by Reebok, exciting initiatives to give every participant an unforgettable experience on Race Day and a commitment from the Official Charity Partner, Concern India, to attempt for a significant increase in the monies raised towards charity are some of the exciting features heralding the arrival of the 6th edition of the event.
General Secretary of AIMS, Hugh Jones, who has flown down specially from London to be present at the launch press conference had this to say, " Since the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships were staged in Delhi back in 2004 people in Delhi seem to have embraced the simple sport of running and made it part of their lives. There is a big difference between watching and participating in a sporting event, but Delhiites seem to have been inspired by the one to do the other. How else to explain the huge numbers entering the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and its associated events year in, year out?
"This event has in 5 short years created a significant impact globally as well as generated a keen awareness for running and fitness in general. This in turn has provided a fruitful backdrop against which the upcoming Commonwealth Games will take place. Grand marquee events like the World Half Marathon Championships and Commonwealth Games can be inspiring, but the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has provided the continuity that allows people to adopt running as an enhancement to their own Lives".
GOLD HONOUR: 2010 is a watershed year for the distance running movement in the country, with all the three events promoted by Procam International -- the Full Marathon in Mumbai, the 10K in Bangalore and the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to be conducted on November 21, all being honoured with the IAAF "Gold Label", the highest accolade for organisational excellence in road races. The IAAF sets the highest standard before awarding labels to events, taking into consideration factors like prize money, quality of the running field, live coverage, hospitality, facilities provided to the media, media coverage, doping facilities and host of other factors. It was a rare honour for India to have all the three international events being presented the IAAF "Gold Label" an achievement that has been noted and acknowledged in the highest circles of distance running around the world.
TIMING CHIPS MANADATORY: It is evident from the number of people registering for the half marathon, that the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has helped inculcate the culture of running and fitness among the populace of Delhi. Last year around 8,000 people registered for the half marathon and the figure is expected to be higher this time around as 10,000 running spaces have been reserved for the Half Marathon category. Besides the Half Marathon, which occupies pride of place, race day has been packed with features like the Great Delhi Run, the Senior Citizen's Run and the Wheelchair Event, giving every Delhiite above the age of 12 an opportunity to emerge winners in their own right.
Registration for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon can be done online through the event website www.adhm.procamrunning.in or duly filled entry forms, along with the applicable fee, can be mailed to P.O. Box No. 3634, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi -110 024.
Local Delhi & NCR residents can also deposit their application forms along with requisite entry fees at the following drop box locations:
(1) B-4/31A,32A,Ground Floor, Ashok Vihar Phase 2, New Delhi –110052; (2) B-12, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi- 110001; (3) M-13, GK-1, M block Market, New Delhi-110048; (4) Signature Tower B, South City1, Gurgaon-122001; (5) 15 A/ 15 WEA, Ajmal Kha Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi- 110005; (6) 28B, Khan Market, New Delhi-110003; (7) G-1, Sector 18, Noida – 201301; (8) G-17/18, Westgate Mall, Rajouri garden; (9) A-14, South Extension-1; (10) 22, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar , New Delhi- 110057.
Forms can also be downloaded from the event website www.adhm.procamrunning.in. In Delhi, forms are available at Reebok outlets, Airtel Relationship Centres, Le Meridien at 8,Windsor Place, Connaught Place, Janpath Road, New Delhi, Concern India office at A-52, Amar Colony 1st Floor, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi and Radio Mirchi at 3rd Floor, 201, Okhla Industrial Estate - Phase III, New Delhi.
Further details can be got from the event helpline number +91 96500 33333, toll free for Airtel subscribers and chargeable as per standard call rates for non-Airtel subscribers, which will be open from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday. Registration details can also be sourced from the event website http://www.adhm.procamrunning.in./ The E-mail id is email@example.com
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