B'luru Marathon on October 15

Event to be restricted to CBD to avoid traffic disturbances

B'luru Marathon on October 15
After enjoying a certain degree of success last year, the fourth edition of the Bengaluru Marathon hopes to go bigger and better this year on October 15.

The race day will see events held in three categories — full marathon (42.195 kms), half marathon (21.1 kms) and the 5k Hope run. The organisers are estimating the total participation to cross 14,000.

The marathon, sponsored by Shriram Properties, will offer a total prize money of Rs 30 lakh. The winners of the elite full marathon will pocket Rs 1.5 lakh with the second and the third-place winners taking home Rs 75, 000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

In half-marathon, the winner will take home Rs 75,000, with the second and third-placed runners pocketing Rs 37,500 and Rs 25,000.

After the first two years saw the runners face numerous problems during the course of the race -- while the inaugural edition saw the runners dealing with vehicular traffic and some of them taking the wrong route, in 2015, the athletes had to run the early part of the full marathon in darkness -- last year’s race received a thumbs up from all concerned participants. And the organisers will be keen on building on that this year.

To facilitate the same, the organisers have decided to tweak the route this year. Unlike the past years, the full marathon will be restricted to within the CBD area of the city.

The race will begin from the Sree Kanteerava stadium and go through the Cubbon Park, before heading towards Cubbon Road and then MG Road before returning to the Kanteerava.

While the half marathoners will take this route once, the full marathoners will have to do two laps of this route to complete their distance.

Event ambassador Reeth Abraham lamented the lack of support from Bengalureans as the reason behind changing the marathon route. “We would have liked to stay with the same route, but it’s not possible if Bengalureans don’t support us,” said the Arjuna awardee explaining the reason behind the change.

“Until last year, except the leading pack, the full marathon runners would face a lot of trouble because the traffic would begin to increase. People should understand what a marathon is. Unless we have their support we can’t do this. So this year, in consultation with the City Police, we had to restrict the marathon to CBD area.”
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