Jamshedpur, Dec 8: Fitness freaks of Steel city now have an opportunity to participate in a short marathon run at their door step for the first time which can be compared to the likes of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Marathons organized annually.
Tata Steel will be organizing Jamshedpur Run-a-thon, 10km ‘Run for Fun’ on Sunday, December 14. “Keeping in mind the physical fitness and to establish a fitness culture in the East we are making a start in Jamshedpur with the 10km run which is internationally approved distance for road races by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
Likewise we also host 25k Calcutta Marathon which is picking up pace and would like to bring in international runners from the next year.
We also hope of making Jamshedpur Run-a-thon an annual event”, said Sunil Bhaskaran, VP (Corporate Services) Tata Steel addressing a press meet at JRD Sports Complex on Monday.
Bhaskaran further informed that on Sunday, 5000 participants are expected to run and with a dip in temperature, participants will have to run the marathon amidst the chilly winds which will be captured in HD Camera while a RFID Chip (connected with the system and will be updated online from wherever the participant crosses) will be provided to the runners after they register for the marathon.
There will be different events for various categories of runners. Apart from the 10km run for elite runners (open to all), there will be a 7km run for corporates and institutions, a 5km run for school children and a 3km race for differently-abled champions.
The reporting time for all races will be 6am, said Charles Borromeo, Head Sports, Tata Steel. Charles further said that 800 differently-abled participants are expected for 3k run while the registration can be done online at https://innovationsinc.in/eve nt/tata2014 or at registration counters at JRD Sports Complex, till 10th December 2014 for a fee of Rs 300.
All confirmed participants will be provided with ‘T’ Shirt, RFID Chip & Refreshment Coupon from Sports Department, JRD Tata Sports Complex from 11th to 13th December 2014 between 10:00 am -12:00 noon and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participant must carry with him the original receipt of the payment to collect the above mentioned kit.
The marathon will be flagged off by Tata Steel MD TV Narendran along with famous archers Deepika Kumari, Dola Banerjee, Mountaineer Premlata Agrawal and other renowned personalities of Jamshedpur, added Charles.