Mandeep Puri, 9 Dec : The Municipal Corporation Chandigarh has again taken a unique initiative to promote games and sports in the City Beautiful and has decided to hold Marathon on December 20, 2009 for various age groups and in varying distances. All the races will start and finish in the Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh.
The Municipal Corporation is keen to promote and popularize games and sports in the city to encourage maximum participation. The Arts, Culture and Sports committee of the Municipal Corporation under the chairmanship of Dr. Neelam Malik decided to give lucrative cash prizes to the first 10 positions in each category. The meeting was attended by the other members including Brig. Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, Mr. H.C. Kalyan, Mrs. Harjinder Kaur, and key officials of the Athletics Association, Chandigarh.
Brig. K.S. Chandipuri, the chief coordinator of the event and office bearer of Athletic Association said that no entry fee will be charged. The participants will be given T-shirts and refreshment at the finish. Residents and students of tricity (Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula) are eligible to participate in the run; Entries will be accepted between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM from December 16 to December 19 in the Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh.
The details of various categories of the run are as under:
Age Group (Age as on 21.12.2009) Running distance (Approx.)
Senior Citizen (Men) Above 60 years 1.5 Km
Senior citizen (Women) Above 55 years 1.5 Km
Boys under 16 years 4 km
Girls under 16 years4 Km 4 km
Veteran (Men) between 45 years & 60 years 4 Km
Veteran (Women) between 45 years & 55 years4 Km 4 Km
Boys under 19 years 6 Km
Girls under 19 years 6 Km 6 Km
Men (Open category) 12 km
Women (Open category)12 Km 12 km
Proof of age from all the participant and medical fitness certificate from all those above 50 years of age will be required at the time of registration of entry. The first race will be flagged off at 9:00 am. Participants are required to report at the sports complex at 7:00 am to collect their kit and chest numbers.
A special 800 mtrs. Run for Men and 400 mtrs. Run for Women Councillors, Officers and employees of the Municipal Corporation will also be held in the Athletic Track of the Sports Complex. Suitable consolation prizes will be given to the first 5 positions in each category. Certificate of participation will be issued to the participants.