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Bangalore's citizens will Run For Their City on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in the TCS World 10K Bangalore
In the relatively short period of five years, the World 10K Bangalore, the World's Premier 10K Run, has added to the Garden City's reputation as a 'Global Running Destination'. It has not only enticed some of the world's leading distance and track and field athletes to come and race, but has mobilised the health and fitness conscious citizenry of Bangalore City to come together and run as one.
TCS World 10K Bangalore 2013
World's Premier 10K Run with Total prize money in excess of US $ 170,000
8 Races on D-Day:
World 10K Elite for Men and Women
For Corporate Teams &
Majja Run (5.7 km)
Senior Citizens' Run (4km)
Champions With Disability Event (4km)
A strategic tie-up with one of the world's leading elite athlete management agencies, race categories to encourage the serious runners from the corporate world as well as colleges and universities, course record bonuses and many novel initiatives to enhance the running experience of every participant will herald the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2013.
The world's leading track and long distance athletes will once again descend into the Garden City, where they will be joined by India's best running talent and thousands from the running fraternity to help Bangalore live up to its reputation as the host city of a major international running event.
Continuing to give a further fillip to the event will be Superstar Puneet Rajkumar as the 'Face of the Event', who has committed all his support and efforts to help promote the event and propagate the running movement across the length and breadth of Karnataka state.
TCS World 10K Bangalore
Top performances over the years
2008: Tadese Zersenay (Eritrea) 0:27.51
2009: Deriba Merga (Ethiopia) 0:28.13
2010: Titus Mbieshei (Kenya) 0:27.54
2011: Philomen Limo (Kenya) 0:28:01
2012: Geoffrey Kipsang (Kenya) 0:28:00
2008: Elvan Abeylegesse (Turkey) 0:32.02
2009: Asselefech Mergia (Ethiopia) 0:32.08
2010: Yimer Wude (Ethiopia) 0:31.58
2011: Dire Tune (Ethiopia) 0:33.19
2012: Helah Kiprop (Kenya) 0:33.22
2008: Kashinath Asawale 0:29.59
2009: Sandeep Kumar 0:30.02
2010: Sunil Kumar 0:30.47
2011: Suresh Kumar 0:30.17
2012: Rahul Kumar Pal 0:30.15
2008: Preethi L Rao 0:36.01
2009: Kavita Raut 0:34.32
2010: Preeti L Rao 0:37.47
2011: Kavita Raut 00:35:09
2012: Monika Athre 00:36:46
Mr. N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD of Tata Consultancy Services, who could not be present at the launch of the event due to prior commitments, had this to say, "It is great to see that the TCS World 10K Bangalore continues to grow in popularity and stature as the city's premier athletic event. With the citizens embracing this event as their own, we hope to see more people and their families participating in large numbers in the third edition of the race this year to spread the message about healthy living and wellness in their communities. As an organisation whose philosophy entails promoting an active, healthy lifestyle among our young employee base and the communities we operate in, we are delighted to support this wellness initiative every year in the city."
The city of Bangalore first experienced the magic of running in 2008 when its citizens welcomed the inaugural edition of the World 10K with great enthusiasm. Since then the number of participants has swelled to around 24,000 amid serious efforts from promoters Procam International, along with support from the partners to the event, to convert fun runners into serious fitness and running enthusiasts and has led to around 9,000 amateurs attempting the full distance in the Open 10K category.
Now, six years down the road, the event has also carved a niche for itself in the realm of distance running with some superlative performances from the elite runners from all over the world.
New Course record on the cards: A 10K road race demands a high octane combination of endurance and speed and the TCS World 10K Bangalore, 2013 is once again expected to attract the world's best long distance runners and track & field stars. With Procam International enlisting the services of Global Sports Communication (GSC) as the new Elite Athlete Coordinators, the focus will also be on lowering the existing course records
GSC, led by Jos Hermens, one of the world's leading elite athlete management companies, proved their mettle in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013, putting together a super-fast field for the race that culminated in new course records being set by the men and women. Bangalore is also set for a scorching race on May 19 and an incentive bonus of USD 7,500 is on offer for new course records, if set. The Indian athletes too have an incentive bonus of Rs 1 lakh if they lower the existing Indian course records.
The overall men's course record stands at 27.51, set by Eritrean Zersenay Tadesse in 2008, while the women's course record of 31.58 was set by Ethiopian Yimer Wude in 2010. The Indian men's course record stands at 29.59, set by Kashinath Asawale in 2008, while for Indian women it is 34.32, set by Kavita Raut in 2009.
The 10K Challenge: This category will comprise the DHL Corporate Challenge and the Nike College Faceoff, open to Corporate teams and Colleges/Universities of Bangalore respectively.
To make the running experience more fulfilling and competitive for the serious corporate runner, prize money was introduced last year for the top five finishers in the Corporate Challenge category. The response was tremendous and also saw some commendable times being clocked by the teams. To acknowledge their efforts and encourage them to strive harder, this year sees an increase in their gratification. The winning team will now take home Rs 1,00,000, with the runner-up team winning Rs 75,000. The next three finishers will stand to gain Rs 50,000; Rs 36,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.
The three-member team will need to have two men and one woman, with each member needing to complete the full distance of 10 km. The average of the net finish timings of all three runners will decide the finish positions in this category.
Bangalore City is also renowned for its colleges and universities, which attract students from all over the country. The Nike College Face Off will now give these students an international platform to perform, and run in the footsteps of some of the world's leading male and female athletes and India's best for financial gratification, besides pride and glory.
The top three finishers among the boys and girls teams stand to win Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
Showcasing Bangalore's giving side: The charity drive associated with the TCS World 10K Bangalore, spearheaded by Bangalore Cares, the Charity Partner to the event, is poised for a quantum leap this year.
This is in keeping with the trend witnessed over the last five editions of the event, which is a healthy indication that Bangalore has a strong giving side. The amounts raised for charity through the World's Premier 10K Run had increased from Rs 41.35 lacs in the first year, to Rs 1.31 crores in the second year, Rs 1.41 crores in 2010 and to Rs 1.85 crores in 2011. The last edition saw Rs 3.06 crores being raised in clearly tracked figures and going by the trend, this edition should see a substantial increase.
In the last five years the World 10K Bangalore has helped generate over Rs 8 crore towards charity, propelling this event to amongst the largest charity raising events in the state of Karnataka.
The TCS World 10K Bangalore, an event certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is being held under the aegis of the Athletics Federation of India and is supported by the Karnataka Athletics Association. Around 24,000 people are expected to be a part of this momentous event on May 19, participating in the eight events of the day.
Title Sponsor: Tata Consultancy Services
Under the Aegis of: Athletics Federation of India
Supported by: Karnataka Athletics Association
Promoted by: Procam International