The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is all set to take place on November 29 albeit under the new normal circumstances. While the elite runners will be at the start line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, amateurs across the world can participate virtually. Stringent safety standards with bio secure zones will be implemented to ensure a Covid-free race for the elite runners.
Hugh Jones, Race Director, said, “With sport slowly but surely resuming the world-over, being able to host the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is good news for runners. The event has always attracted some of the world’s best athletes and we are humbled to open our gates to them once again this year. The teams have been in detailed discussions with all stakeholders to workout the best possible option for our elites. Their safety and well-being are our top priority.”
Giving the central government’s support to the event, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, said, “Sport has always been a symbol of optimism, and we look forward to the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on November 29. We extend our full support to this event that is India’s pride and welcome the world’s best athletes to our capital city.”
The event with a prize money of USD 233,270 is set to witness world class elites and India’s best take the centrestage in the capital city. One of the first global sporting events to be hosted by India, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will maintain all mandatory protocols in line with the advisory issued by the Government of India.
Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International said, “2020 has been a challenging year for all. We are grateful to the faith and support of our sponsors and partners, the central and state governments and city authorities. They are the bedrock of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. It is their strength and commitment that is giving us the opportunity to host the event on November 29. I also salute our running community for their unwavering support to the cause. Am confident that they will participate in large numbers from their respective geographic locations. India will run as one with ADHM 2020.”
Global Sports Communication (GSC), the event’s elite athlete coordinator, will put together a highly competitive field of elite athletes for the 2020 edition. Jos Hermens, director, said, “We are committed to putting up a strong, competitive field and give India and the world the best of what distance running has to offer. We are so happy that Delhi is on as in these hard times our sport and athletes need opportunities.”
India Runs With ADHM
Runners from India can take part using the new Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App. This app comes with features such as timing and distance tracker, inspiring audio soundscapes and much more. Registrations for all race categories, Half Marathon, 10K, Great Delhi Run (5km) will start on October 30 at 7pm and stay open until November 27 on the event website. Participants are urged to always follow prevailing government health advisory and safety protocols.
The entry fee for Half Marathon and 10Km is Rs 499. This includes a personalised e-bib, personalised e-medal and an e-certificate. In addition to that, participants will receive a personalized Unity medal that will be couriered to them. Inspired by the Ashoka Chakra, the unique medal depicts the 24 spokes, that represent the 24 human values needed to evolve.
The entry fee for Great Delhi Run is Rs 299 and includes a personalised e-bib, personalised e-medal and an e-certificate. For this edition, participants will have the option of running through the ADHM race week i.e. November 25-29, using ADHM app. A participant would be allowed to run and complete his run any time in this time frame depending on his convenience.
Given the need of the hour and to provide a fillip to the fund-raising effort, 50% of the Great Delhi Run 5km entry fee will be treated as a donation. The donation amounts will be directly transferred to India Cares Foundation, ADHM’s Philanthropy Partner, for equal distribution among NGOs registered for the event.
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