November 14, 2017

Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon ready to roll out for the third year

  • Block your calendar: January 14, 2018
  • Online registrations to begin on November 15, 2017

Bhubaneswar: Tata Steel, in association with the Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha, will be organising the 3rd edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon 2018 on January 14, 2018, to commemorate National Youth Day. This was announced at a press conference held today in Bhubaneswar by Vineel Krishna, director-cum-addl secretary, sports and youth services department, along with Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president, corporate services, Tata Steel; Arun Misra, vice president, Project Gopalpur, and MD, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone; and Rajiv Kumar, vice president, operations, Tata Steel Kalinganagar. Noted actors Sabyasachi Mishra, Archita Sahu and Odia sprinter Dutee Chand were also present on the occasion.

The official T-shirt for the marathon was unveiled at the event

The official T-shirt for the marathon was unveiled at the event.

Complimenting Tata Steel for the initiative, Mr Krishna expressed hope that the upcoming half marathon will evoke even better interest among sports enthusiasts than last year. Mr Bhaskaran said that the company endeavours to make the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon one of the key running events in India. Towards achieving this, all necessary steps are being taken, including introduction of contemporary technology to conduct and monitor the marathon. Mr Misra added that the company is known for its commitment for all-round development of society and sports has always remained a focus area. On the occasion, Mr Mishra, Ms Sahu and Ms Chand shared their fitness mantras and the importance of being fit.

Covering a distance of 21.1 km, the half marathon will start from Kalinga stadium, towards Khandagiri Square and return to culminate at the stadium. In addition, a 10 km run for men and women for 16 years and above and a 5 km run for boys and girls under the age of 16 years and born after January 14, 2002, will be organised. The registration fees for half marathon is Rs300, for 10 km run is Rs200 and for 5 km run is Rs100. All participants will be given participation T-shirts, bib chip and number, and refreshments. The official website for online registration goes live from November 15, 2017.

State-of-the-art technology consisting of timing mats and its control units, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, split timing mats on route, tracking camera, Wi-Fi network on route as per international standard will be used to follow world-class standards at the marathon. Awards worth Rs8,64,000 will be given to winners in three different categories, with the highest prize money of Rs1,00,000 going to each of the winners in the men and women race categories of the 21.1 km run.

Manikanta Naik, chief resident executive, Tata Steel, Bhubaneswar; Kulvin Suri, chief, corporate communications, Tata Steel, India and SEA; and other senior officials of the company and Government of Odisha were also present during the announcement.

Prizes for the event

Position Half Marathon
(21.097 km )
10 km 5 km
Men Women Men Women Boys Girls
1st 100,000.00 100,000.00 51,000.00 51,000.00 11,000.00 11,000.00
2nd 75,000.00 75,000.00 31,000.00 31,000.00 8,000.00 8,000.00
3rd 51,000.00 51,000.00 21,000.00 21,000.00 7,000.00 7,000.00
4th 31,000.00 31,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
5th 11,000.00 11,000.00 11,000.00 11,000.00 4,000.00 4,000.00

There will be trophies and medals awarded to winners and finishers of half marathon.