The Kolkata Marathon is officially known as the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon. This is a marathon annually held in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Having launched in the year of 2008 with the IDBI Federal Life Insurance as its present sponsor, this marathon is at present the largest in eastern India and it is the only full marathon held in Kolkata.
|IDBI Federal Life Insurance is the joint venture of IDBI bank , Federal Bank and Aeges.|
This event is authorised by the Athletic Federation of India(AFI).
|The AFI is the apex body Of Athletics in India that is responsible for organisation and conduction of competitions in the field of Athletics in India.|
From the year 2016 , IDFI Federal Life Insurance have become the title sponsors of this event. This event has it’s management responsibilities embraced on the Highlife Management. The 2016 Kolkata Marathon was the official qualifier for the marathon event hosted at the Rio Olympics that year.
The Kolkata Marathon race has got five magnificent categories: The first two being the traditional full and half marathon distances, followed bya 10 kilometre open run, corporate run and a 5 kilometre run for children.
Although there were about 6000 runners during the first edition, it had a staunch influence on the city , rather on the real runners. This resulted in a drastic increase in the number of participants from 6000 to about 15000 in the year 2015. Hopefully India will witness more competition is this event in the future days awaiting approach.
The motive behind the ideathat only Indian athletes are eligible for the prize money is to instigate more Indian athletes to participate in this event and make India an yet a prouder country with its increased strength of sportsmen. The aim of organizing this event is mainly to promote Indian athletes and give them a platform to compete.
COURSE OF RUN:
The Marathon race at Kolkata, West Bengal, India gets it’s starting flag waved from the Red Road in front of the Rangers Club. This course the leads through various land marks of the city including The Park Street,Maidan and the Victoria Area.
DISTANCE OF RUN:
For full marathon : 42.2 km
For half marathon: 21.1 km
For 10km open run : 10km
For children : 5km
In 2015, the prize money for the winner of the full Marathon was 3.2lakh indian rupees, while the second and third positins were awarded 1.6 lakh and 0.8 lakh Indian rupees respectively.
OTHER BENEFITS OF THE EVENT
- A timing certificate is granted to the marathon finishers within 30 days of the hosting of the event.
- Every runner of the event receives a finisher’s medal post their run, although this isn’t any individual prze.
- Every prize money winner receives a certificate of Merit that certifies their positions due to their receiving the prize money.
A hope lies to influence every runner of the country in future.