An early start may ensure a comfortable race and perhaps a quick time in this year’s edition of the TCS World 10K as it pushes up the level of participation across various categories.
The start times for the elite races have been advanced by 40 minutes, with the elite men’s race beginning at 6.30 am and the elite women’s race at 7.15 am.
The 10K Challenge, which includes the Nike College Face-off and the DHL Corporate Challenge will be flagged off at 7.18 am, followed by the Open 10K at 7.20 am. A total of 28 colleges will feature in the College Face-off and 88 teams will compete in the Corporate Challenge.
“The weather will be cooler at the time and the runners will welcome it,” said race director Hugh Jones as he expressed satisfaction with the preparations. “Barring slight changes at Minsk Square, the route remains the same and barring a couple of potholes, it’s in reasonably good shape,” said the former London Marathon winner.
Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International, who are the promoters of the event, explained how the dynamics of the race has changed over the years with the Open 10K runners outnumbering the Majja Run competitors this time, showing how the city has taken to the distance running culture.
The organisers also detailed the arrangements made along the route for the runners and assured that proper medical care will be at hand, with Fortis hospitals being the medical partner.
“We will have about 100 personnel on duty, including six doctors, to cover any emergency that might arise,” said Dr Vivek Jawali, medical director. “There will also be doctors patrolling the race route,” he added.