World 10K gets richer, on May 21

World 10K gets richer, on May 21

The World 10K Bengaluru, the city’s premier road race event, will mark its tenth edition this year with an increased prize money expected to draw a classy field on May 21.

Launched in 2008, the 10K has grown steadily in popularity with some of the top talents gracing the event over the years. With TCS as the sponsor for the last six years, the contest looks to raise the bar by another notch this year, with the total prize fund touching 2,05,059 US dollars.

Runners will participate across five categories headlined by the Elite World 10K featuring some of the world's fastest athletes, the Open 10K for the committed amateurs, the 6km Majja Run for the enthusiasts, the 4km Senior Citizens Run for participants above the age of 60 and the Champions with Disability run.

The tenth edition was launched here on Thursday. The organisers, Procam International, said registrations for the run are open and it will close on April 13 or till the running slots are available for the Open 10K. For the other races, the registrations close on April 28.

There will be priority line-up in the Open 10K for those who have confirmed finish of a 10K race under 50 minutes in the last 24 months.

Continuing their focus on the female runners this year, limited slots are available for women who do not have previous timing certificates, the organisers said.

The Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Pramod Madhwaraj, speaking on the occasion, urged the corporates to support the government’s project launched to groom young sporting talents in the state.

Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of Procam International, said the winner of the Elite World 10K will take home US$26,000 while there will be additional incentives for course record breakers. The Indian winner will take home Rs 200,000.
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