August 1, 2016
Suren Guruswamy and Arvind Aathreya, in partnership with the Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), are organizing a marathon to raise funds to support children and sportspersons with disabilities. Last year, the duo organized the night marathon, for the very first time, in Coimbatore. Money raised from the event was used to treat children with cancer.
The marathon scheduled to take place on August 6, Saturday. Due to security concerns this year, the organizers are hosting the marathon at dusk.
Online registrations have ended, but the organizers are accepting offline registrations. Participants can register for the five-kilometre, 10-kilometre, or 21-kilometre (half marathon) categories. All the three categories will be flagged off from the KCT campus. Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, KCT; Ramesh Kumar, Zonal Manager, State Bank of India (SBI); and Kavin Kumar Kandaswamy, Director, River Side Public School, Kothagiri, will flag off the three categories at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 5:45 pm respectively.
Participants who register for the 10-kilometre and 21-kilometre run will be given a time chip to monitor their performance. The organizers have received 1,700 registrations and are hoping to have 2,000 runners participating in the event. Each participant will be given a jersey and a bib. Post-marathon refreshments and healthy snacks will be provided to all the runners. All registered participants will also receive a participation certificate.
Cash prize will be given to runners who finish in the top three positions in the 10-kilometre and 21-kilometre run. “We are giving equal cash prizes to men and women in both the categories. Runners who complete the 10-kilometre and 21-kilometre races will also be given a medal,” Suren Guruswamy, Project Head, said.