New route for World 10K

New route for World 10K

A new route, gracing the heart of M G Road, will greet the runners in the ninth edition of the World 10K run here on Sunday.

With the Metro construction having been completed on this stretch as well as on Cubbon road, the organisers of the hugely popular event said they had been able to chart out a more athlete-friendly course which might lead to faster races this time.

“This year, we have made the route a little simpler, with lesser turns and more variations in terms of terrain,” Race Director Hugh Jones said at a press conference to unveil the new route. “Previously, it was mostly upward route but now it is more gradient,” he said.

After starting from the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, instead of taking a left turn at the Anil Kumble circle as in previous years, the athletes will now head straight on M G Road, passing the Deccan Herald office and the Metro station and moving to Dickenson Road in a major deviation. They will then go left on to Cubbon Road and race towards the Cubbon Park Metro station, take a left on to Queen’s Road, take a U-turn before Queen’s Statue and move towards Minsk square.

From here on, the route will stick to the old pattern, with a trip in front of Vidhan Soudha and a quick segment through the Cubbon Park taking them to the final stretch to the Sree Kanteerava.

“Thanks to M G Road being opened for us, we have been able to switch from 4 U-turns to 2 U-turns now,” said Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of Procam International, the organisers, underlining the fact that the race had caught the attention of the track and field world.

Jones, a former London Marathon champion, said he was impressed by the quality of the route this time. “It was tough with the Metro work on in the last few years. Now that it is complete, the roads are in good nick. I am amazed by the quality of the roads this time and it could be a launch pad for a fast finish,” he said.

Medical Director Dr Vivek Jawali of Fortis Hospitals said every possible effort had been made to deal with medical emergencies that could crop up on the race day. “A total of 175 medical personnel will be on duty on race day,” he said.

The first race, the Open 10K, will start at 6.00 am, with the main races, the World 10K for men and women, scheduled to start at 7.25 am and 8.10 am respectively. The Majja Run, the fun segment, is at 9.10 am.
DH News Service

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