On Sunday, February 2, over 12,000 runners will be participating in the fourth edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon, an event which will be flagged off by IDBI’s brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. Runners from across the country have registered for the marathon, which will start from the Rangers Maidan on Red Road. The four categories this year include the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Timed 10K and 5k Fun Run.
“Every year the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon has had something special to offer. This year too, we will see a diverse range of runners participating across the race categories which is very encouraging. Events like the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon play a huge role in influencing people to embrace a healthy way of life,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by IANS.
“We are steadily moving in the direction of transforming India from a sports-loving nation to a sports playing nation,” the former India captain added.
This year, the marathon has also invited runners from around 10 corporates, including 30 children from Dakshini Prayash, an NGO that works with under-privileged children.
The last two years, 45-years-old Anjali Saraogi, had won the Full Marathon in the women’s category, and will be looking to register her third straight title this year. Saraogi is the fastest Indian female runner in the 10k category and has represented India at the world level.
Deepak Bandbe, India’s fastest 10k male runner, will be seen competing in the Half Marathon men’s category.
This edition of the marathon, like every year, will also see someone as young as 7-year-old Pradyuti (5k Fun Run), and someone as old as w86-years-old Janardhan B.R (Half Marathon) as the participants.
Also will be seen a specially-abled runner, Uday Kumar, whose legs are amputated.