B'luru midnight marathon on Dec 5

The ninth edition of the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon will kick off at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation Convention Centre (KTPO), Whitefield, here on December 5.

Organised by the Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC), the event will have a 20 percent increase in prize money as compared to last year while legendary athlete Milkha Singh will continue to be its brand ambassador.

Badminton World No 1 Saina Nehwal, who is the Youth Icon of the event, unveiled the theme of the marathon –– ‘Run for Happy Bengaluru’, here on Wednesday.

“It is amazing to see Bengaluru show great response to the Midnight Marathon and I am eager to be a part of it. Running is a very important aspect of my training and it helps an athlete to remain fit. I urge the Bengaluru people to remain fit and keep running for good health,” said Saina.

Apart from the full marathon, the programme on the race day will also include half-marathon, open 10k run, women’s 10k run, IT City fun run, corporate relay and community relay.

The organisers announced that the marathon has been recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), which they believe is a great boost to the event.

“I am pleased with the response received for this year’s edition. We are hoping to see more international participants this year. We intend to raise funds, as we do every year and dedicate the entire money to charity,” said Nitesh Shah, President, RBITC.

Online registrations for the event are open and it will close on November 20 for the full marathon. For the all the other races, the registrations closes on December 4. For race route and other details visit www.midnightmarathon.in

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