Hyderabad: The eighth Edition of the Hyderabad Marathon being organised by the Hyderabad Runners Society in association with the Government of Telangana and Bharti Airtel Government will be off the blocks on August 25.
The two-day event comprises of 5km, 10km, half marathon — 21km, and full marathon — 42.2km — will witness the participation of over 23,000 runners from across the country and overseas.
The 5km-run will be held on the inaugural day while the rest of the events will be take place on the final day.
The 2018 edition of this annual sporting extravaganza is to be certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and as such any certified AIMS marathon route allows runners to qualify for world major marathons. AIMS has over 450 member races in over 120 countries with 16 in India.
As many as 12,000 participants have registered their names and the registrations will come to a close on July 26.
The eighth edition of the marathon lays focus on increasing runner safety and offering world class race amenities. Another important development is the measurement and certification of the Marathon route by an AIMS qualified measurer.
The full and half Marathon will traverse the important landmarks in the city giving the runners a picturesque view of the Hussain Sagar Lake, IT & Knowledge hub of Hi-Tec City and Gachibowli while spreading the healthy lifestyle theme among Hyderabad denizens.
This sporting event also marks the beginning of the marathon season in India and it also aims to bring the 427 years old historic city of Hyderabad alive.
Speaking at the announcement of the launch of the event, Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director – Hyderabad Marathon, said, “As Hyderabad Runners celebrated 11 years of promoting running as a healthy lifestyle choice, we are extremely delighted to announce the 8th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. We thank the Govt. of Telangana, our sponsors and partners for their constant patronage and support for the largest annual sporting & social event in Hyderabad.”