Over 15K runners to participate in the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon
The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon is recognized by the Tamil Nadu Athletic Association & the Coimbatore District Athletic Association.
The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon is all set to captivate the city once again. This sixth edition of the event has a reason to inspire as it scales a new high with over 15,000+ participants registering for the event. The organizers unveiled the official t-shirt and medals that the finishers will receive on the Race Day which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 7th October 2018.
The marathon brought to the city by Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF) in association with Coimbatore Runners & Show Space Events, not only celebrates the spirit of Coimbatore but also the benevolence of the city as it is held in aid of CCF, a registered charitable trust dedicated to the counselling, care and support of cancer patients and their family members. CCF, founded on 4th March 1991, has completed 27 years and functions out of the cancer wards of G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore.
Through the Marathon, CCF has increased awareness about cancer, helped provide early detection with the help of screening camps along with follow up care and offer counselling for patients and their family as well. Apart from these, in the field of palliative services end of life care, CCF offers hospice and home care for the terminally ill. Going a step further, CCF offers grief and bereavement services, helping people deal with their loss.
The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon is recognized by the Tamil Nadu Athletic Association & the Coimbatore District Athletic Association. The marathon comprises three events, a 21.1 km Run (half marathon), a 10 km Run and a 5 km Run/Walk.
Prize money amounting to over Rs. 2.5 lakh will be presented to the winners in separate categories for men and women.
The Marathon route will be fully supported by aid stations, hydration points, medical facilities, ambulance services, route markers, course marshals & the finish area with refreshments, etc. Timing chips will be used to keep track of the participants and provide official and personal times.
Speaking about partnering with the event, S. Murali, Business Head, Vodafone Idea Limited, Tamil Nadu said, “Vodafone is privileged to be associated with the sixth edition of Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon. This association has helped us serve the community by supporting the efforts in spreading Cancer awareness. The number of participants have been increasing every year, which is an indication of the rising awareness about the cause as well as the popularity of the marathon. At Vodafone we are passionate about the health, safety and well-being of our employees, stakeholders and society in general. We dedicate this marathon to the enduring determination of human spirit over cancer.”
Dr. Balaji, Managing Trustee CCF said, “The Coimbatore Marathon has become a landmark event not just in the marathon calendar of India but also in our initiatives against Cancer. The event, over the years, has inspired thousands of people to come forward to raise awareness for the cause, has instilled courage in the hearts of thousands of patients and has transformed the lives of many families. We are extremely proud to have organized the event for the sixth year and the proceeds have enabled us to strengthen our programs and reach out to many more in the community who need our services. As we strive to add value to life, the event will play a more crucial role in the years to come. We eagerly wait for the Race day. Thousands of feet running for the cause has become a sight to behold every year in Coimbatore.”
Speaking about the event, Ramesh Ponnuswami, Race Director said “The sixth edition of the Coimbatore Marathon is all set to be the biggest running event in the history of Coimbatore. Thanks to the tremendous support from the public, corporates, government agencies and other stakeholders, the event has reached an all-time high of over 15000 participants, proving yet again that this is the favourite marathon of the city. The event was started in 2013 with an objective to deliver a world class running event to the city of Coimbatore. Year on year, it has been gaining momentum to inspire other running events and it continues to raise the bar in creating memorable experiences for runners from across the country. The 7th of October 2018 will be a wonderful day where the love for the city, the passion for running and the desire to raise cancer awareness come together to inspire thousands of people.”
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