Coimbatore, 22nd July 2016… The Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF) announces the fourth edition of the Coimbatore Marathon in the city today with Vodafone as the Title Sponsor and Elgi Equipments as the Powered By Sponsor. The Marathon is scheduled on Sunday, 2nd October 2016. The premier running event, which transformed Coimbatore into a marathon city, is expected to attract more than 11,000 participants including athletes, celebrities, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, running enthusiasts from all over the country and from the city. Registration for Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2016 is now open online through the event website www.coimbatoremarathon.com.
The theme for the year’s run is titled ‘It’s all about Making A Choice’. Vodafone Coimbatore marathon is not just about being a champion. It’s also about competing with oneself and above all, contributing to a noble cause. The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon brings together people from various walks of life from across the country to help spread awareness and support those who are fighting cancer and their caregivers. The Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF) in association with Coimbatore Runners, have been working non-stop to ensure that the running event is a memorable one.
This year’s event will comprise of a Half Marathon [21.1Km], a 10Km and a 5Km run/walk. The registration fee for the Half Marathon and 10Km run is Rs.800 while for the 5Km run/walk it is Rs. 500. Students can avail a discount of Rs.100 on producing a valid student ID card. To register visit www.coimbatoremarathon.com
The Prize Money amounting to about Rs. 1.5 lakh will be presented to the winners in separate categories for men and women. The prize money for the Half Marathon Open category will be Rs. 25,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively for the first, second and third placeholders, while for the top three places in the 10km Open category the prize money will be Rs.15,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively. For Veterans aged 45 years offering prize money of Rs. 15,000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5,000 for first second and third respectively for the Half Marathon & Rs. 10,000, Rs. 7,500 and Rs. 5,000 for the 10K run.
Dr Balaji, Managing Trustee of the Coimbatore Cancer Foundation said, “We are now preparing for the Fourth Edition of our Marathon. This has become a city event eagerly looked forward to by both recreational and serious runners. The previous editions had helped raised awareness about our activities and raised funds which enabled us to reach out to more cancer patients and the community at large with our awareness talks, screening camps, etc. We look forward to continuing support from the citizens of Coimbatore for the event and from runners across the country.”
According to Mr. Ramesh Ponnuswami, Race Director, Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon, “The first edition of Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon held in 2013 saw about 8400 runners participate, while the second and third editions had nearly 10800 runners, bearing testimony to its immense popularity. The credo for offering the best running experience through the Flat and Fast course, with Fabulous weather to enable everyone to achieve their personal best performance will be central to the planning. The number of people in Coimbatore who have taken to running as a route to fitness has increased tremendously over the past two years. We look forward to supporting the running community in their preparation leading up to the event and to deliver a world class experience to one and all”
The immense success of the previous editions has led to high corporate interest with most of the previous year’s sponsors renewing their support for this year’s event and new sponsors coming on board to further add to its glitter. The list of sponsors includes:
The Marathon route will be fully supported by aid stations, hydration points, medical facilities, ambulance services, on-course entertainment, route markers, course marshals, finish area refreshments, etc. Timing chip will be used to keep track of the participants and provide official and personal times in Half Marathon & 10Km categories.
As in the previous editions, the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon organizers will be seeking recognition for the event by the Athletic Federation of India, Tamil Nadu Athletic Association and Coimbatore District Athletic Association. All participants will receive a Running Bib, Goody bag, T-shirt at the pre event Expo and a beautiful medal at the finisher line.
CCF is a registered charitable trust and a research institution providing Counseling and Cancer care support for the patients and their family members in the cancer wards (VNCC) of G.Kuppusamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore. The Coimbatore Cancer Foundation was conceived and established on 4th March, 1991 by “Padmabhushan” Shri.K. Sreenivasan, who himself was a cancer patient.
Coimbatore Runners is an informal group sharing a passion for long-distance recreational running. Founded in December 2011, the group presently has about 400 members with a diverse background of interests, professions and age groups. The group aims to promote recreational running as one of the choices for a healthier lifestyle. Membership is free.
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