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Santa Marathon

Hundreds of runners dressed in Santa Claus costumes hit the streets in Kosovo’s capital in snowy Pristina on Sunday.

The mini-marathon was to raise money for families in need during the holiday season.

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IAAF Confers Prestigious ‘Gold Label’ title to TMM

Procam International, pioneers of the distance running movement in India, today announced that the 16 th edition of the prestigious Tata Mumbai Marathon has been accorded the ‘Gold Label’ by the International Association of Athletics Federations {IAAF), making it the only Gold label marathon in the country, and join the elite list of marathons in Asia.

Tata Mumbai Marathon is one of the top 10 marathons in the world and with this Gold Label, the event has firmly cemented its position as one of the preferred events world-wide. The US$ 405,000 event will witness in action over 46,000 participants running across six race categories on Sunday, 2d” January 2019.

The IAAF Gold Label is granted to races basis stringent criteria including organizational excellence, world class elite filed representation, prize money for male and female runners, exhaustive medical support system, live television coverage for an enhanced reach of the race, media facilities, timing and qualified personnel to ensure smooth conduct of the event across departments, among others. In addition, it also considers the course measurements, sanitation of the route which includes – safety and quality of the route, restrictions on traffic to allow free movement for runners within the specified time, facilities provided on course for a pleasant running experience for all participants.

Speaking on the occasion Vivek Singh, Joint MD, Procam International, said, “We are honoured to receive the IAAF Gold Label for the Tata Mumbai Marathon. This achievement is symbolic of the collective efforts of a team that works tirelessly for months to ensure a Race Day that we all look forward to. We are thankful to all sponsors, partners, city and civic teams, the Government machinery, media and above all, our runners that make this event a resounding success. It is the Gold in You that shines bright and pushes us all to raise the bar higher, year after year!”

Adilie Sumariwala, Vice-President of Indian Olympic Association and President of Athletics Federation of India, said, “We have been a part of this event since its inception and this is a phenomenal accolade for the Tata Mumbai Marathon. With this added feather in its cap, the Tata Mumbai Marathon joins an illustrious list of gold label marathons in Asia. We are all witnessing the revolution that is taking place in sports in India, especially in track and field, on the international stage; and events such as these have had a huge impact in building the sporting fabric of our country!”

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5th Edition of Tata Steel Kolkatta 25k – Dec 16,2018

Countdown to the fifth edition of the world’s only IAAF accredited label race for the 25Km distance, The Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, is turning out to be a movement that will engulf the city with the mantra of fitness. The city is getting ready to witness and take part in one of the most star-studded sporting affairs in the sub-continent on December 16.

In only the second year of its international avatar, the IAAF Label event has stamped its supremacy with registrations closing for the feature 25K race, 5K timed race and the Senior Citizens Run on account of reaching the category ceiling. Participation across these three categories has doubled and the race has firmly established itself on the international sporting calendar.

Registrations for the Ananda Run, 10K and Champions with Disability are open with limited spots available on a first-cum-first-serve basis.

Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel Ltd., said, “It has been a privilege to host this running event in Kolkata. Since its debut is 2014, the Tata Steel Kolkata 25 K run has been growing in stature year-on-year and is today the most popular distance running event in eastern India. We thank all runners, fitness enthusiasts and the people of this beautiful City of Joy for their continued support to TSK25. This year we expect an even larger participation.”

World champions & India’s best: The USD 100,000 prize fund event has attracted some of the best distance runners’ from Ethiopia and Kenya. Defending women’s champion Degitu Azimeraw from Ethiopia returns to defend her title and Kenya’s two-time world champion Florence Kiplagat is determined to make a mark, on her maiden visit to Kolkata. If that was not enough, Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese – two-time former Airtel Delhi Half Marathon champion, will lead the men’s gauntlet.

The field has a very strong contingent of runners from India, as well. In the men’s category Avinash Sable, defending champion and course record holder TSK 25K 2017, with a time of 1:15:17, will lead the way; Kalidas Hirave and the newly crowned Airtel Delhi Half Marathon champion the 21-year old Abhishek Pal complete the troika. In the women’s category India’s only women IAAF Gold Label athlete L. Suriya who is also the defending champion and course record holder TSK 25K 2017, with a time of 1:26:53, will head a team of prodigious runners including Monica Athare and Sudha Singh.

“We are delighted with the way Kolkata has taken to running, to become the first IAAF labelled 25K in the world. It is truly humbling. The event has touched and impacted the city at large on various fronts – philanthropy, change in mindset towards a healthier lifestyle, a chance for our Indian runners to shine on a global platform and an opportunity to witness in action some of the best athletes in the world.  This year with the introduction of the inaugural Vijay Diwas Trophy, we pay tribute to the athletes from the defense forces. Hope 16th December will be a day for all to remember”, said Vivek Singh, Jt. MD. Procam International.

Vijay Diwas Trophy Launched: In a show of solidarity with the Services, for the first-time TSK 25K was privileged to have the whole-hearted participation of the Eastern Command. It is our privilege and honour to have GOC-n-C Eastern Command Lt General M.M Naravane AVSM, SM, VSM launch the prestigious Vijay Diwas Trophy. The Trophy is inspired by the momentous Vijay Smarak and will be a Rolling Trophy. This trophy will be showcased at the Command Headquarters inside Fort William and the winning team members will be presented with the replica of the prestigious trophy.

At the launch of the trophy, Lt General M.M Naravane AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-n-C Eastern Command said, “The Indian Army has been a pillar of strength for the participative sports movement in India. Eastern Command is proud to host the inaugural Vijay Diwas Trophy, in conjunction with Tata Steel Kolkata 25 Km run on 16 December 2018. The Vijay Diwas trophy, is inspired by the historic military victory of Indian Armed Forces which led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, an event which is commemorated by Indian Armed Forces as Vijay Diwas. Teams from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, will compete over a 25 Km distance, to win the prestigious Vijay Diwas rolling Trophy.

I also wish to thank TATA Steel for agreeing to host the Cup as a special gesture recognising the valour and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces.”

This special category will be contested between the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force with five/six teams from each of the 3 services. Each team will have three-members running the 25K and the aggregate of their individual timings will determine the winner. The top three teams stand to win INR 60,000, INR 42,000 and INR 30,000 respectively. GOC-in-C Eastern Command will felicitate the winners on Race day, with medals and certificates.

Philanthropy Pillar: Philanthropy has always been an integral part of Procam running events and the tradition continues at TSK 25K. Since inception in 2014, the event has raised INR 2.68 crores, till date. For the first time, India Cares Foundation has taken on the mantle of the Official Philanthropy Partner. They bring with them a decade of experience in helping Civil Society Organizations – (CSO) raise funds and awareness for their cause.

Currently, 36 CSOs have registered with ICFN for the event, with 11 companies and 5 Care Champions, raising a total of Rs 37 lakh. These CSO’s represent 8 causes – Education, Skills Development, Disability, Women Empowerment, Health, Women & Children, Environmental Conservation and Community Development. 18 corporate houses have registered to run and have donated INR 38.5 lakhs. Individual donations of INR 4.89 lakh have been received till date, through the India Cares platform.

The most significant aspect at TSK 25K 2018 has been running groups opening up their hearts for fund-raising, thus giving more meaning to their run. Four groups have chosen four causes; in addition, a dozen timed race participants have chosen their separate causes. The strength this will provide to the participating CSOs will resonate year-round, across the country!

Charity and contributions will keep coming till 30 December 2018 at https://icfn.in/TSK25K/ 

Panellists – Philanthropy Pillar

  1. Thomas John – CEO, Antara Foundation, known as the ‘Oasis for troubled mind’ has been dealing with supporting people with mental health issues from the almost 50 years. In this year where we celebrate Vijay Diwas, it is interesting to know that the genesis of Antara was to support mental stress and turbulence that the citizens of Kolkata and the refugees of the wars faced in the 70s era and has grown to a catering to 45000 patients every year
  2. Biju Mathew of Motivation India, that works on providing ‘mobility’ for the persons with disability. Giving them customised wheelchairs, working with partners to set up a ‘wheelchair service network’ in lines with the WHO guidelines. Motivation India has provided over 13,000 customised wheelchairs since 2010.
  3. Prithwish – Vodafone Marketing Head – Eastern India – Founder Kolkata Runners Group

Art for Sport: This initiative has received a tremendous boost as The Oberoi Grand, TSK 25K’s Hospitality Partner, has opened its hallowed corridors to ‘Art for Sport’. The paintings by various artists, who have contributed, are on display at the Oberoi till the New Year. Hotel guests and people of Kolkata, have a rare opportunity to decorate their homes this festive season, while doing their bit in support of a cause.

Police Cup: An event of this stature is not possible without the unstinted support from Kolkata Police. To applaud their sporting spirit, there is a special category within the event, i.e the Police Cup. 20 police teams will be competing in this category.  Each team has 3 members, running the 10km and the team with the fastest aggregate time, will be adjudged the winner. The total prize money for this category is INR 71,000.

For more information about the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, the event website is: http://tsk25.procamrunning.in

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Adriatica Ionica Race

The inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race (June 20-24) provides Tour de France participants with one last stage-race hit-out. For many, this will be their last race before their respective national championships the week before the Tour. Sixteen teams, each made up of seven riders, will participate in the new UCI 2.1-ranked stage race, which is based around Venice and the Veneto, on Italy’s northern shores of the Adriatic Sea.

The five-day race has been given 2.1 status by the UCI and includes some of the peloton’s best riders, including Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). Matteo Trentin will add to the home interest as he makes his comeback to racing by donning the Italian national jersey. Trentin has been out of action since fracturing his spine in a crash at Paris-Roubaix in April. He will be joined by Moreno Moser in the Azzurri jersey of Italy.

Trek-Segafredo bring a well-rounded team with Giacomo Nizzolo for the sprints and Gianluca Brambilla, Jarlinson Pantano and Peter Stetina for the mountains. Others to look out for are Ben Swift(UAE Team Emirates), Damiano Cunego (Nippo Vini Fantini) and Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy).

The race will open up with a 23km team time trial from Musile di Piave to Lido di Jesolo. The following four stages will be a mixture of lumpy sprint stages and mountain rides, with stage 3 taking the peloton up to a summit finish on the Passo di Giau.

*Information compile from various sources*

 

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Indians Racing down the Everest

When Deepa Bhatt and Taher Merchant raced across the finish line at the recently concluded Everest Marathon, little did they know that they would be declared the first Indian’s the complete the grueling course. The extreme ultraton race begins at the Everest base camp and runners have the race down to the bottom while passing 5 Himalayan passes through the course.

Finishing the race course in more than 19 hours the duo set a record of sorts by becoming the first Indian’s the finish the course. The two had met earlier at the Khardungla Challenge (one of the highest motorable passes in the Ladakh region). The training schedules were intense and the two runners had dedicated quite a few hours to conditioning their bodies, building stamina, focusing on nutrition and reaching optimal weight levels.

The first task was trekking up to the Everest Base Camp which is a 11 day trek. The trek helped them acclimatize to the conditions of the high altitude that helped them prepare for the actual race. The race is grueling to say the least and runners are provided rest areas along the course. Deepa has trekked down through the night with the help of her guide while Taher chose to rest and finish his race in the morning when he felt his energy was flagging.

But overall the task is a stupendous achievement and these two extreme runners are already planning their next run.

*This article is collated from several new reports*

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Meet the Indian Hero Dr. Kaustubh Radkar

It was the first time in history when 5 Indians participated in the world’s toughest endurance challenge – The Ultraman Florida.

While the whole country was ecstatic when Milind Soman, a celebrity running enthusiast successfully finished the Ultraman Florida 2017 race, there was an unsung Indian hero, Dr. Kaustubh Radkar, who did not receive the attention he deserved. He lead the Indian contingent of five runners and was the fastest Indian to have completed the 84.4KM run in 3 hours and 17 minutes ahead of Milind Soman and stood 34th in the overall race.

Ultraman marathon is a three-day event held between February 17 to 19th every year. It includes:
Day 1   : 10KM swim and 149KM cycling
Day 2   : 273KM cycling and
Day 3   : 84.4KM run

Each day has a cut off of 12 hours by which the participants have to complete the race. The participants who did not make the cut were not allowed to start the next day. The course is an extremely difficult terrain and the participants also experience rough weather conditions.

Kaustubh Radkar, a 20-time Ironman finisher from Pune, who completed the race in 31 hours and 29 mins, says “For all of us this was a challenge beyond Ironman and hence why we undertook it”. He goes on to add “The key of this race is that it is self-supported which means anything from water to food to bike help has to be done by the support crew each athlete has”.

Apart from running, the 34-year-old avid runner is the CEO of Radrx, a company that specializes in sports medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and healthcare consulting. He has completed his Masters in Sports Administration at the John Hopkins hospital in the United States.

The self-controlled doctor limits his calorie intake to 2000 per day and ensures he gets 6 hours of sleep in order to do his workout. Kaustubh also runs a triathlete training facility called “Train with Kau” that provides coaching for athletes of all categories from amateur to elite.

Kaustubh made his dream debut in 2008 at Arizona as he became the first amateur to finish the swim in 47.30 mins. He has never looked back since then and he is the only Indian to have conquered the Ironman triathlon in six different continents. He has been a certified Ironman coach since October 2015 and the only Indian to do so.

There are many un-recognized athletes who have accomplished the Ironman and more such marathons but have not been spoken about as much. Kaustubh has continuously pushed himself beyond all boundaries and has inspired the younger generations of his country to take on challenges in life with commitment and persistence.

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An Indian couple’s tryst with destiny…!

The Ironman Triathlon is widely touted as the toughest single-day endurance race in the world and is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation across the globe. The race begins with a 3.8km swim, 180km of cycling, followed by a marathon run of 42.2km. The race has to be completed in the very same order and within a time frame of 17 hours – a mammoth task only a few can successfully undertake.

Over the years, many Indians have taken part in the event including Dr. Kaustubh Radkar of Pune, who completed the race, a mind-boggling 16 times and now trains other aspirants. The race gained in popularity after model-actor Milind Soman accomplished the task of finishing the race in Zurich in 2015. Kaushik Mukherjee and Vineeta Singh, a couple from Powai, Maharashtra created history on July 2, 2017, when they became the first Indian couple to complete the grueling triathlon together.

Meet the couple

Kaushik and Vineeta, MBA graduates from IIM, Ahmedabad and parents to a 3-year-old son successfully run a five-year-old VC-funded beauty and personal care company. Vineeta, 33 years old has been an avid runner for the last decade and has completed the Comrades Ultra-marathon thrice from 2012-14. On the other hand, Kaushik, 35 had been a swimmer during his university days. After a lot of thought, the couple decided to meet halfway and contest triathlons, in order to combine both disciplines.

In order to train themselves for the Ironman challenge in Austria, they traveled across India participating in various races in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Goa.

Juggling Life

Trying to juggle their lives between being doting parents to their 3-year-old son, running a business and also training for the event of this scale was quite a herculean task. They could never train together and had to split their busy training schedules between early mornings and late evenings on most days to be with their son, so he never feels ignored. Also with the help of their supportive families, friends, and colleagues, they were able to dedicate time and focus on their training. Kaushik adds by saying “Both of us have always been fitness freaks and wanted to test ourselves. This Ironman was perfect in the sense that it was something we could do as a couple.”

Becoming Ironman

A few years ago, right after having their baby, the outdoorsy swimmer-runner couple found themselves lost in their daily routine of changing dirty diapers and sterilizing milk bottles. It was then that their lighthearted conversations around trying out the Ironman “someday” turned serious. After six months of training, which included rigorous planning, strict diet, 8-12 long hours of regular practice and 120km cycle rides on the Mumbai-Nashik highway on weekends, both set off to Austria to compete in the event and finished the race with excellent timings. While Vineeta completed the race in 16hrs 01min, Kaushik came in a 28 minutes later at 16hrs 29mins. According to them, the feeling was surreal when they touched the finishing line.

An important lesson they learned through this run was the importance of physical fitness in India is far less focused on when compared to that part of the world. Cycling and running long-distances was part of their daily routine. Age had no limit there felt Kaushik, as a 60-year-old man had comfortably overtaken them during the race which really inspired him.

A major element checked off their bucket list, the couple is looking forward to participating in the Ironman Triathlon again in the near future. “For now, our aim is to focus on our business and family in the next year or two. But after that, we will definitely do another Ironman in the future,” Kaushik said.

Kaushik and Vineeta’s journey shows us that it is possible to be physically fit and at the same time balance professional and personal lives. Here’s hoping their story inspires us to make fitness an important part of our daily life!

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Liam Malone ‘absolutely wrecked’ after completing Hawke’s Bay marathon challenge

Retired Paralympian Liam Malone is feeling “wrecked” after completing his first, and his last, marathon on his blades.

Malone completed the 42km Hawke’s Bay marathon in four hours and 47 minutes on Saturday morning, placing 256th out of 297 runners.

Better known for his skill in sprinting, the 24-year-old won the 400 and 200 metres in the T44 category at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Read more at https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/103850424/liam-malone-completes-hawkes-bay-marathon-challenge

 

 

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Outlander star Sam joins Edinburgh Marathon runners

Outlander star Sam Heughan was among an estimated 35,000 runners who took to the roads in this weekend’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The actor completed the marathon as part of a challenge to raise funds for male cancer awareness charity Cahonas Scotland.

Organisers said people from all over the world participated in Scotland’s biggest running festival.

Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife

 

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