A total of 30,000 running places will be on offer for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012 and registrations for the same will close on August 31, 2012 or as soon as running places for each race category is filled, whichever is earlier.
The Half Marathon: The feature event of the day will be the open half marathon, to be run over 21.097 kms. The event has always attracted a world class field, a claim backed by the super fast winning times. Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa ran a blistering race by winning the 2011 event in a fast time of 59.30, just 15 seconds outside the course record of 59.15, set in 2008.
|2011||Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa||-59.30|
|2011||Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai||-59.38|
|2006||Kenya's Francis Kibiwott||-1:01:36|
|2005||Kenya's Philip Rugut||-1:01:54|
|2011||Kenya's Lucy Kabbu||-1:07:04|
|2011||Ethiopia's Aselefech Mergia||-1:08:35|
|2009||Kenya's Mary Keitany||-1:06:54|
|2008||Ethiopia's Aselefech Mergia||-1:08:17|
|2006||Kenya's Lineth Chepkirui||-1:10:40|
|2005||Russia's Irina Timofeyeva||-1:10:35|
|2011||Irappa D Akki||-1:04:32|
|2007||Ram Singh Yadav||-1:06:09|
|2006||Ram Singh Yadav||-1:06:52|
|2005||H. Sangini Devi|
The women's title was lifted by Kenya's Lucy Kabbu, also in a superfast timing of 1:07.04, just 10 seconds outside the course record of 1:06.54. The flat course of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is conducive for fast timings andthere is every possibility of the existing record being broken again.
The half marathon will also have veteran, senior veteran and super veteran categories for men and women. The age limit for the open category is 18 years and above as on 31-10-2010, while the veteran category will be open to men 45 years and above and women 40 years and above. The senior veterans category will be open to men 55 years and above and women 50 years and above, while the Super Veterans category will be open to men 65 years and above and women 60 years and above.
Senior Citizen's Run: This race will be run over 4.3 kms. The event is open to persons 60 years and above with no upward age limit.
Wheelchair Event: This event will be for the physically handicapped and will also be over 4.3 kms.
The Great Delhi Run: The event that will involve the entire city will be the Great Delhi Run, which will be run over a distance of 7 km. This race, open to persons 12 years and above, will be the platform for people from all walks of life and different age groups to come together and celebrate the joy of running. The Great Delhi Run will also be the vehicle driving charity, with individuals raising money for causes of their choice through the various charity initiatives.
Entry Fee: The Half Marathon entry fee for participants living in India will be Rs. 800, inclusive of a non-refundable charge for the timing chip. This branded chip can then be retained by the participant as a memento. The entry fee for the Great Delhi Run is Rs 500, and Rs 200 for the senior citizens' run and the wheelchair event.
Kingfisher Run-in-Costume: What would the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon be without a fancy dress street party!
The Great Delhi Run of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has been a kaleidoscope of colour - a carnival - where participants turn up in their best colours, in innovative costumes and designs showcasing their mood, euphoria, the cause they are supporting. The unique manner and efforts taken by enthusiasts to project the causes they support through costumes is indeed commendable.
At the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012, the efforts of individuals and groups will be rewarded with cash prizes courtesy Kingfisher, the Event's Good Times Partner. The winners will be chosen on their theme, creativity and effort. The Kingfisher Run in Costume is applicable only for participants of the Great Delhi Run.
Attractive prize money: The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon continues to remain the world's richest half marathon with the prize money standing at USD 210,000. Ratified by AIMS and recipient of the IAAF Gold Label, the already much talked about event on the international circuit will attract the leading long distance runners from around the world. A separate prize fund for Indian athletes will also ensure that our home grown elite runners do not leave the stage empty handed.
The male and female winners of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012 stand to gain USD 25,000 each, with prize money percolating down to the first ten places. The male and female Indian winners stand to gain Rs 2.5 lakh each, this separate prize fund also extending to the first six places. Thereis prize money for the first three men and women finishers in the veterans category, with the senior veterans and super veteran categories offering prize money to the top two finishers among men and women.
Merit certificates: All prize money winners of the Half Marathon race categories, including age category winners will receive Merit Certificates certifying their prize money winning position.
Participation certificates: Participation certificates will be issued to all Half Marathon finishers; Wheelchair Event participants; To all members of Corporate Sporting Challenge teams, excluding members of the winning and runner-up teams.
Participation certificates will not be issued to half marathoners only in following cases - where the chip timing has not been recorded across timing points on the course, and/or where the half marathon runner has not crossed the finish linewithin 3 hours from the gun start time.
All participation certificates will be posted to participants post race day on the address given on respective entry forms.
- Winners' medals for first 3 overall men & women half marathon finishers.
- Winners' medals for first 3 Indian half marathon men & women finishers
- Winners' medals for all age category winners (if race completed within stipulated finish time as indicated in prize money rules)
Event Telecast: Procam Mediatel will produce the coverage of the world class athletics action as well as the festivities that follow, which will be telecast live across the Pan-Asian footprint via channel partner Star Plus.
Event Partners: The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is partnered by leading brands and corporate entities in their respective fields, critical to the fabric of the event. Every partner is an integral part of the Half Marathon family and lends its own expertise to the event, helping it maintain its exalted status in the highly professional field of world distance running events.
Following is the list of Partners:
- Title Sponsor - Bharti Airtel
- Broadcast Partner - Prasar Bharati
- Channel Partner - Star Plus
- Print Partner - Times of India
- Financial Services Partner - Standard Chartered
- Good Times Partner - Kingfisher Premium
- Health Equipment Partner - Omron
- Logistics Partner - DHL
- Timing Partner - Timex
- Vehicle Partner --BMW
- Training and Sportswear Partner - Reebok
- Radio Partner - Radio Mirchi
- Hospitality Partner - Le Meridien
- Medical Partner -Max Healthcare
- Institution Partner - Harmony for Silvers Foundation
- Official Charity - Concern India
- Promoted by - Procam International
Charity Partner: Marathons around the world are large charity generating events and the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is no exception. Over Rs13.70 crore has been generated towards charity over the years, with the 2011 edition alone generating Rs 3.30 crore.
The charity initiative of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2012 will be driven by Concern India Foundation, the Event's Charity Partner since 2008. Started in 1991, Concern India Foundation is a non-profit, public charitable trust that supports development-oriented organisations working for the disadvantaged. Concern India Foundation reaches out to more than 120 programs through its offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune.
Get Active Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Expo: One week prior to Race Day (September 21 to 23, 2012), 'Get Active', a health, fitness and lifestyle expo will be organized and marketed by Radio Mirchi Activation, which will present an unique opportunity for health, fitness and wellbeing enthusiasts to come together under one roof.
The Half Marathon has helped bring Delhi together like never before as people from all strata of society come together in a celebration of the human spirit. Every participant who crosses the finish line on Race Day and even those who don't, but give it their best shot, are winners. Be it the professional athlete, the serious runner, the fitness enthusiast, the senior citizen or the wheelchair bound, they all break barriers on that day. Physical barriers, mental barriers, social barriers come to naught before the magic of sport, whose power to push boundaries and help battle one's physical and mental limitations is unparalleled.
|Title Sponsor: Bharti Airtel|
|Supported by Government of Delhi|
|Under the aegis of the Athletic Federation of India|
|Ratified and Measured by AIMS|
|Certified and Labeled by IAAF|
|Promoted by Procam International|