Video: IDBI Kolkata Marathon Inaugural Edition Press Meet
Over 15,000 runners took part at the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon along with the 50 Elite runners from across the country. Blade runners, armatures, senior citizen participated at the Kolkata Marathon. A press conference was also organized prior to the marathon where Nirmal Chetri, Gurbux Singh, Noori Mehta, June Maliah, Swapan Raha, Gubux Singh were present.
IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon is the only marathon which is recognized by the Athletic Federation of India. Leander Paes is the brand ambassador of this event. Speaking at the press conference, Gurbux Singh said “Sports gives both happiness and honor. Sports should always be promoted. I appreciate the fact that people are joining the race for winning and also for the fun part of joining the race”.
The race started from Red Road. Divided into five categories – full marathon (42.195K) started at 5.30am, half marathon (21.097km) started at6.00am, corporate run and Open 10km started at 6.30am while the fun run started at 7.30am.
Full Marathon was flagged off by Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata and Half Marathon was flagged off by Army General Officer Commanding. Mr. Aroop Biswas, Minister of State for Youth Affairs flagged off the 10 km race.
Renowned Indian pop, jazz and playback singer, Usha Uttup, Indian international footballer and first class cricketer, Chuni Goswami and former field hockey player, Gurbux Singh flagged off the 5km race.
Prominent Kolkata celebs like June Maliah, Payel Sarkar, Parambrata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Arindam Sil and Team Eagoler Chokh graced the occasion with their presence to encourage the runners.
In the men’s category, the full Marathon Winner was MD Yunus (2:30:37) who won the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon title.
In the half Marathon category (women), the Winner was Jyoti Chouhan (1:27: 06) who won IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon title.
Mumbai Marathon has become extremely popular and is a big event in Mumbai already. We hope that the same happens with the Kolkata Marathon.