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World Record long jumper Mike Powell urges people to take up running as part of life

Kolkata bowls the world Champion over with warmth and love

Kolkata, Dec 14: International Event Ambassador of TSK 25K Mike Powell today urged the people to come out in numbers and adopt running as a way of life. He will be at the starting line on December 17 and hoped to see a mini revolution as India wakes up to international racing.

“I would ask all the people to come out participate. I ask them to take their time and not compete against anyone. Just go out there and enjoy. Make it a part of your lifestyle. You will live longer and it will add to your brain power. It is easy and it is something that helps you build your life,” Powell said.

Then after a pause he added, “I will run the marathon at least once to say yes I did it. I run the treadmill and do it for almost 10K. But I have to run in the open once. I don’t know when, But I need to prepare my body for that.”

Asked about his first impression of the city, Powell said: “Crowded! very crowd. That’s the usual through, but I like it here. I live in Los Angles and I like the warm weather here. I feel at home. It is very familiar. I like the energy here and the buzz that goes around every time you walk out. I saw the line of shops and was thinking I should go out and shop one day.”

“I am very comfortable. The food is good, spicy and women beautiful. I can’t complain. I am a people person, so I like being around people it doesn’t bother me,” he added.

Speaking about the line up for the 25K, promoted by Procam International, he said: “This is the first year when Procam is taking it international. It is a definite plus to have a world champion like Keninsia Bekele. I am happy that it will be a great race and we will witness some great competition that day. It is pleasing that India is beginning to have the top notch races. Personally I am glad to be a part of it.”

Asked who would he rate as the greatest athlete ever, he said: “Carl Lewis is of course one of the greatest. Usain Bolt has been so dominant in the last few years. I think if he trained for long jump he would have made the 9 mts. And then there is Jessie Owens. He broke four World Records in one afternoon. I would put all three up there.”

On was he satisfied with his world record, he said: “I would have loved to finish at around 9.15 mts. But after you become the world champion your focus changes. Before setting up the record I was hungry, but after that I wanted to do too many things. If I finished above 9.10 mts I would have been more comfortable now.”

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Traffic Advisory – Tata Steel Kolkata 25 K

To prevent obstruction or inconvenience to the public in connection with the TATA  Steel Kolkata Marathon on 17.12.2017, all classes of vehicles and all kinds of traffic including pedestrian traffic for the city of Kolkata will be regulated in the manner prescribed below:-


  • Red Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 00 hrs on 16.12.2017 to 13.00 hrs or till completion of the Marathon on 17.12.2017.
  • Following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic from 00 hrs to 13.00 hrs or till completion of the Marathon on 17.12.2017:-


  • Mayo Road (west bound)
  • New Road
  • Casuarina Avenue
  • Queensway
  • Khidderpore Road
  • Lovers Lane
  • Hospital Road
  • Dufferin Road
  • Outram Road.


  • Traffic will be regulated/restricted from 00 hrs till completion of Marathon on the following stretch of roads on 17.12.2017 :-


  • Judges Court Road (from Kalighat Bridge up to Alipore Road crossing)
  • At Grade Road to AJC Ramp (from Hastings crossing to Zeerut Island)
  • Zeerut Bridge
  • Belvedere Road
  • R R Avenue (from Netaji Statue upto Kingsway crossing)
  • Kingsway (southern flank)
  • Strand Road, Eastern Flank
  • Hazra Road (from Kalighat Bridge upto Hazra crossing)
  • SPM Road, Western Flank
  • DPS Road, Western Flank (from Hazra crossing up to Golf Club Road).


  • South bound vehicles of Old Court House street may be diverted through Esplanade Row (East) / R R Avenue – J L Nehru Road / Mayo Road.
  • South bound vehicles of Strand Road may be diverted towards east along Kingsway, R R Avenue, Mayo Road for their southward journey.
  • North bound vehicles on S.P.M. Road may be diverted towards Pratapaditya Road and Abdul Rasul Avenue.
  • Tram services along Khidderpore Road / Dufferin Road / Hazra Road / S.P.M. Road / Judges Court Road will be suspended from 00 hrs to 13.00 hrs on 17.12.2017 or till the Marathon is over according to the direction of traffic police on duty.
  • Vehicular traffic may also be diverted/regulated/restricted on the following roads along the line of route of the Marathon as and when considered necessary by the traffic police on duty.


R R Avenue – Kingsway – Strand Road – St Georges Gate Road – Hastings Crossing – AJC  Bose Road – Belvedere Road – Alipore Road – Baker Road – Judges Court Road – Hazra Road – SPM Road – DPS Road – Prince Anwar Shah Road – Golf Club Road – D L Khan Road.


  • Vehicular traffic may also be diverted from any of the arterial roads and feeder roads by the traffic police on duty as and when considered necessary in the interest of the public on the aforesaid date and time mentioned above.



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81-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Contemplates Running His 12th Marathon

An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is considering running another marathon, which would be his 12th.
Nat Shaffir, a docent at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, runs 6 miles six days a week, rain or shine, and he didn’t start running until he was 65 years old.
This fall, he completed his eighth Marine Corps Marathon and he’s already thinking about his next one. He’s also run three other marathons.
Running gives him the chance to think, to contemplate and remember, even back to the fall of 1942.

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Runner helps struggling marathon competitor cross the finish line

In a true act of sportsmanship, a runner was filmed helping a marathon competitor win the race after she began to collapse less than 200m from the finish line. Spectators at the Dallas Marathon in Texas this weekend observed an act of true sportsmanship after the lead runner in the women’s division collapsed just metres before the finish line.

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Which is India’s favourite city among runners – Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Bengaluru?

Running as a sport has caught on in a big way in Indian cities with the creation of runners’ groups, sharing of resources and at least one eponymous race hosted by every big city. Now, with the temperatures having dropped in most parts of the country, running fever is at a high.

 Bengaluru just hosted the 10K intencity run and earlier in November, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon saw a great response despite the initial uncertainty caused by the alarming levels of pollution in the capital region. In an earlier article, we discussed how air quality, though traditionally not a big talking point among runners, is emerging to be a key concern, though it has perhaps not yet reached a point where a majority actually considers pollution to be a deterrent.

That aside, what is it that makes a city a runner’s favourite and how do our cities measure up against each other?

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Berhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana win 2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

–       Nitendra Singh Rawat wins in Elite Indian Men’s Category; breaks eight-year-old course record set by Deepchand Saharan in 2009 – 

–       L Suriya dominates Indian Women’s field and breaks course record set by Lalita Babar in 2015 edition –

The 2017 edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon lived up to its legacy of being the World’s most prestigious half marathon, with Procam International announcing and delivering a slew of initiatives to be able to provide athletes with a better running environment.

 The race turned out to be a bag full of surprises as favourites made way for new champions. The Indians had a fabulous race with Indian elites Nitendra Singh Rawat and L Suriya smashing the course records in their respective categories.

Winner of 2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Berhanu Legese repeated his feat on Sunday winning the Men’s Elite Category at 59:46. Making her half-marathon debut, reigning 10,000m world champion and world record holder Almaz Ayana beat the women’s field with 1:07:11.

Ethiopia’s Berhanu Legese crosses the finish line in 59.46 seconds to win the overall men’s title at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, 2017 on Sunday.
Legese led Ethiopia’s 1-2 placing with compatriot Andamlak Belihu coming in five seconds later on his debut over the distance and American Leonard Korir came third clocking 59:52. 2017 IAAF World Championships Marathon gold medalist Geoffrey Kirui finished a disappointing sixth with a timing of 1:00:04.

 Delighted at his repeat feat, Legese said the weather conditions were perfect to go for the kill. “The weather was great, there was no issue at all. In fact, the weather was favourable for a run like this. I would love to come back to Delhi to participate in the event again,” said Legese, who clocked 59:20 to win the 2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

 Honourable Minister of State (IC) – Youth Affairs and Sports Col (Retd.) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore flagged off the race. Airtel Delhi Half Marathon International Event Ambassador Anthony Ervin, PUMA legend  Linford Christie and Honourable Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Vijay Goel were present at the event.

Nitendra Singh Rawat took home the Indian Elite Men’s title beating defending champion G Lakshmanan in a thrilling photo finish (1:03:53). Rawat and Lakshmanan were neck-to-neck through the entire course. It was the last 100 metres when the real battle started as Lakshmanan and Rawat sprinted to the finish line. In what looked like Lakshmanan would go on and defend his title, Rawat pipped him at the post as his foot touched the finishing line before the defending champions. Avinash Sable came third with 1:03:58. (2)

The Indian Elite Men Winners at the PD Stage of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, 2017 (L to R) 1st runner up G Lakshmanan, Winner Nitendra Singh Rawat 2ndrunner up Avinash Sable along with Chief Guest Ajai Puri, Director-Operations-Bharti Airtel, Puma Legend Linford Christie and Anthony Ervin-International Event Ambassador.

 Heading to the podium, Rawat, Lakshmanan and Sable also beat the course record set by Deepchand Saharan in 2009 of 1:04:00. Rawat said he had a point to prove by winning the race here. “I wanted to prove myself by winning this race so my strategy was to not take lead but keep going on until the end. This win will prove that I belong to the national camp,” said Rawat while speaking to media.

 Reigning world 10,000m champion Ayana was making her debut over the half marathon distance but hardly looked like a novice as she led home an Ethiopian clean sweep of the podium positions in the women’s race.


Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana crosses the finish line in 1.07.11 seconds to win the women’s overall title at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, 2017 on Sunday.
The outcome was decided in the final kilometer as she pulled away from her rivals. Ababel Yeshaneh was second again, as she was in 2016, and set a personal best for the second consecutive year as well, crossing the line in 1:07:19 to slice 33 seconds from her personal best. Completing the all-Ethiopian top three, Netsanet Gudeta also set a personal best of1:07:24 to improve her best by seven seconds.

 Asked how she felt to win her half-marathon debut, Ayana said, “There were not many good track competitions so I decided to participate in this event. I always run to win, and this race too wasn’t different,” said Ayana. When asked if she would come back to Delhi after making a winning debut, “Yes, I will come back next year,” Ayana said at her post-race interview.

 The Indian Elite Women’s category saw L Suriya clinching the top spot. “My coach Surendra sir told me to run my own race and maintain the pace throughout. I just did that but this wasn’t my best honestly,” said Suriya, who won the race by a minute. In the process, the 27-year old from Tamil Nadu set a course record with 1:10:31, beating Lalita Babar’s 2015 record at the event of 1:10:52Her performance should be good enough to secure her a place on the start line of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the Spanish city of Valencia next March, which would be her first global championship outing. (1)

The Indian Elite Women Winners at the PD stage of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 (L to R), 2nd runner-up Parul Choudhary, Winner L Suriya & 1st runner-up Sudha Singh). 

 Veteran Sudha Singh came second with 1:11:30 followed by Parul Chaudhary at 1:13:09.

 The winners got richer by US$27000 while runners-up got US$20000 and third-placed runners earned US$13000. First placed Indian Elite athletes earned Rs. 3,00,000 with runners-up getting Rs. 2,50,000 and third placed runners winning Rs. 1,75,000.

 A course record jackpot of Rs. 2,00,000 will be shared amongst all three Indian Elite Men’s winners Rawat, Lakshmanan and Sable while L Suriya will have the entire sum to herself.

 Procam International expressed their gratitude to the Delhi Police, Government of Delhi and the runners of Delhi for their support and hands-on participation in ensuring the success of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held on Sunday. The mega event with a participation of over 34,000 would not have been possible without complete coordination and cooperation with the authorities.

 Following are the results:

Overall Athlete Men:

Berhanu Legese (ETH) 00:59:46; Andamlak Belihu (ETH) 00:59:51; Leonard Korir (US) 00:59:52; Asefa Negewo (ETH) 00:59:54; Jorum Okumbo (KEN) 00:59:58; Geoffrey Kirui (KEN)01:00:04; Edwin Kiptoo (KEN) 01:00:06; Abadi Hadis (ETH) 01:00:25; John Langat (KEN) 01:00:41; Nitendra Singh Rawat (IND) 01:03:53  

Overall Athlete Women:

Almaz Ayana (ETH) 01:07:11; Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) 01:07:19; Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 01:07:24; Helah Kiprop (KEN) 01:08:07; Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 01:08:09; Paskalia Chepkorir (KEN) 01:08:46; Veronica Nyaruai (KEN) 01:09:02; L Suriya (IND) 01:10:29; Daria Maslova (KYR) 01:11:28 Sudha Singh (IND) 01:11:28.

Overall Indian Athlete Men:

Nitendra Singh Rawat (IND) 01:03: 53; G. Lakshmanan (IND) 01:03:53; Avinash Sable (IND) 01:03:58; Durgabahadur Budha (IND) 01:03:58; Kalidas Hirave (IND) 01:04:07; Pradeep  Singh (IND) 01:04:34; Abhishek Pal(IND) 01:05:42; Man Singh (IND) 01:05:46; Govind Singh (IND) 01: 05:49;  Deepak Negi (IND) 01:12:48.

Overall Indian Athlete Women:

L Suriya (IND) 01:10:31; Sudha Singh (IND) 01:11:30; Parul Choudhary (IND) 01:13:09; Swati Gadhave (IND) 01:15:21; Dimple Singh (IND) 01:18:53; Meenu (IND) 01:19:23; Sindhu Yadav (IND) 01:21:13; Arpita Saini (IND) 01:21:20; Jigmet Dolma (IND) 01:26:53; Tsetan Dolkar 1:29:43

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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon sees nearly 35,000 participants despite high pollution levels

The marathon organisers however claim that even though they got a green signal from the Delhi High Court they have done everything from their end to accommodate the best for their runners.

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Its Ayana all the way at ADHM

Current woman world athlete of the year Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia clinched gold in her debut race while compatriot Berhanu Legese won the men’s event in the Delhi Half Marathon here on Sunday. Ayana, the world’s leading woman long distance runner on track, clocked one hour, seven minutes and 11 seconds to emerge champion in her maiden half marathon race as Ethiopians ran away with all the three top positions.


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