Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon on 6th October 2013
Special Correspondent

More than 5,000 people are expected to turn up for a marathon planned for October 6 in the city to create awareness on cancer. The Coimbatore Marathon 2013 is being organised by the Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF), Coimbatore Runners and Tango.
T. Balaji, Managing Trustee of CCF, told reporters on Tuesday that marathons had come to be the single largest community-based sporting event to raise social awareness. Coimbatore would soon join the league of many such cities that host marathons. Coimbatore Marathon 2013 was planned for October to coincide with the global breast cancer awareness month observance. The event was primarily to support all cancer survivors through CCF.
Earlier, Air Commodore (retd) K. Rajagopal unveiled the marathon's logo.
Ramesh Ponnuswami, co-founder of Coimbatore Runners, said the event would be a half marathon (21.2 km) from Nehru Stadium and back. The aim was to promote awareness about cancer and the importance of fitness and well-being through running. The event would include a 21.2 km run, five km run/walk, 10 km run/walk, 1 km cancer survivors' walk, and a 1 km CEOs' walk. The total prize money of more than Rs. 2 lakh was on the offer in separate categories for men and women for the 21.2 km run and 10 km run, thought the event was for a charitable cause. The first three prizes for the 21.2 km are Rs. 25, 000, Rs. 15, 000 and Rs. 10, 000. For the 10 km run, the prizes are Rs. 15, 000, Rs. 10, 000 and Rs. 5, 000. Besides registering online at www.coimbatoremarathon.com, patrons could also register at the pre-event expo on October 5 at Brookefields Mall.
Participants would be given their bibs (chest numbers) at the expo. They could also dedicate their run to someone in particular with personalised messages on T- shirts. He added that this was planned to be an annual event and he urged Coimbatoreans to patronise the marathon as it brought about a sense of unity. The registration fee for the 5 km run was Rs. 250 and Rs. 500 for the 10 km and the 21.2 km. Finisher medals and certificates (to be downloaded online) would be awarded to participants.
Source: The Hindu