January 08, 2017

Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon a huge success

  • Jhuma Khatun and Man Singh were the winners in women’s and men’s category respectively in 21.1km half marathon
  • More than 3,200 running enthusiasts participate in the event
  • Participants experience a new running route and festive atmosphere in the Kalinga Stadium
  • Awards worth Rs9,14,000 given to  winners

Bhubaneswar: The annual Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon, the only professional run of the city organised by the steel major in association with Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha was held today in Bhubaneswar. Over 3,200 running enthusiasts participated in the immensely successful event. The winners were felicitated by Ashok Panda, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha, and other dignitaries.

More than 3,200 running enthusiasts participated in the annual Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon, organised by the steel major in association with Odisha government’s Sports and Youth Services Department

Jhuma Khatun and Man Singh won the 21.1km half marathon in the female and male category respectively. They were awarded Rs100, 000 each in presence of Vishal Dev, Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha; Dr Prasanna Patsanai, MP, Bhubaneswar; Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar (North), and Bijaya Mohanty, MLA Bhubaneswar (Central). Ollywood stars SabyaSachi Mishra and Archita Sahu, sports person Anuradha Biswal and Sradhanjali Samantray were also present.

The half-marathon (21.1km) was flagged off in presence of Vishal Dev, TN Khuntia, DIG, CRPF Group Centre –Bhubaneswar; Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president, corporate services , Tata Steel; Arun Misra, vice president, Project Gopalpur, and MD, Tata Steel SEZ, at 6am from the Kalinga Stadium.

The marathon covered a distance of 21.1km on a revised route on the flyovers starting from Kalinga stadium and moving on to the national highway through Jaydev Vihar past Khandagiri Square and returning via the same route, finally terminating at Kalinga Stadium. This was followed by the 10km run for corporates and 5km run for boys and girls under 16 years of age.

Tata Steel provided five ambulances and several water dispensing posts along the route to ensure the safety andcomfort of all the runners. The Commissionerate of Police played a significant role in traffic management.

This year’s edition gave the participants a world-class running experience with specialised IT-enabled technology with chips on the bib providing the participants their running time on a real-time basis along the route.  All participants were given branded T-shirts for participating in the race. 

The Kalinga stadium wore a festive with Tata Steel providing several on field entertainment with a live band and participation of Ollywood stars Sabyasachi Mishra and Archita Sahoo. A large electronic LED screen to post a ‘selfie’ with a personal message sling shot to the screen was a major attraction.

Addressing participants, Mr Dev said, “I thank Tata Steel for initiating such a large-scale sports event, which brought together people from all across Bhubaneswar and outside for their love of running and sports. I look forward to many such grand sporting events.”  

Speaking on the occasion Mr Bhaskaran said, “Our aim is to make this one of the major running events in India and to see that over the years Bhubaneswar finds its spot among distance running in the country. Tata Steel is proud to bring this special sporting event in association with the Sports and Youth Services Department of Odisha.”