Over 18,000 runners will participate in the 4th edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon, on Sunday, February 24.
Cricket legend and IDBI Federal Life Insurance Brand Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar will flag off all the races from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Organized by NEB Sports, this AIMS-certified marathon has witnessed a 20% hike in registration as compared to the previous edition. This year, 2,000 runners will be competing in the Full Marathon, while 6,000 runners will be part of the Half Marathon. The Timed 10K and 5K Swacch Bharat Run will have 5,500 and 4,500 participants respectively.
Over 600 personnel from the defence services and the police force will be participating across the various race categories. Among the many inspirational runners participating this year are Suneetha Prasanna, a 73-year-old who is planning to run the Half Marathon and Himanshu Kumar, a para-athlete who will be participating in the 5k run.
The IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon is the National Marathon Championship, as recognized by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). The runners will be competing for a total prize money pool of Rs. 20 lakhs across various categories.
The official NGO partner for this edition of the marathon is Health Fitness Trust, an all-India non-profit NGO established by Asian Marathon Champion, Dr. Sunita Godara, which aims at promoting health and fitness, along with supporting various public benefit welfare causes. The marathon has also partnered with HFT Taekwondo Academy which is registered with the Taekwondo Federation of India.
Karthik Raman, Chief Marketing Officer, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, said, “After the huge success of our Kolkata Full Marathon earlier this month, we look forward to another great race at the fourth edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon. New Delhi has a vibrant health and fitness-driven community and the growing registration numbers every year, showcases their determination to stay active and #KeepMoving.”
Nagaraj Adiga, Race Director, said, “We are delighted with the tremendous response from runners in the city for the 2019 edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon. We are doing our best to ensure that all participants have a great running experience along the iconic route of the marathon. As Race Day approaches, we wish all the runners the very best with their final preparations.”