World 10K run on May 19

World 10K run on May 19

A clutch of new features will add more gloss to the sixth edition of the World 10K Bangalore, with the event scheduled here on May 19.

Over the last five years, the World 10K has brought some exciting talents in the world of distance running to Bangalore and it is likely to be no different this time, with the organisers, Procam International, tying up with Global Sports Communication (GSC) as its elite athlete co-ordinators.

Led by Jose Hermans, who has managed the likes of Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, GSC is expected to bring that extra edge to the competition, with a special incentive of USD 7,500 on offer for new course records in a total prize pool of over USD 170,000, it was announced at the official launch of the event here on Monday.

Indian athletes too have an incentive bonus of Rs 1 lakh on offer if they lower the course records while more than Rs 21 lakh up for grabs in the elite Indian section of the event which will be sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services for the third straight year. N Ganapathy Subramaniam, executive vice-president of TCS, announced initiatives at the launch attended by other event partners and also the event ambassador Puneet Rajkumar.

Apart from the bonuses for course records, a segment called the Nike College Face off, open to colleges/ universities of Bangalore will be a new feature this time. A college/ university can field upto two all boys’ teams and/or two all girls’ teams. The top three teams among boys and girls stand to win Rs 50,000, Rs 30000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.

About 24,000 people are expected to throng the roads on race day across eight categories — World 10K Elite, Nation’s Challenge, Open 10K, Open 10K Challenge for corporate teams as well as college/university teams, Majja run (5.7 km), Senior Citizens’ run (4 km), Champions with disability event (4km). Registrations for the race has already started. Online registrations can be done on www.procamrunning.in.

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