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Tata Steel to organise Bhubaneswar Run-a-thon 2015

Tata SteelTata Steel in a function held today announced the launch of its annual run-a-thon in Odisha titled “Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Run-a-thon” which will be held for the first time at the state capital on 15th February 2015 where in the participants are required to run 10 kms. 10km is the internationally approved distance for road races by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). For the run-a-thon, Tata Steel and its Sports Department will get internationally recognised technology and tracking mechanisms for the first time in Odisha, thus enabling the runners to have a professional sporting experience.

Mr Arun Misra, Vice President, Gopalpur Project, Tata Steel unveiled the logo and website of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Run-a-thon and formally launched it. Briefing details on the Run-a-thon Mr Farzan Heerjee, Chief, Guest Relations and Sports, Tata Steel informed that apart from the 10 km run which is open to all, there will be a 7 km run for corporates and institutions, a 5 km run for school children and a 3 km race for differently-abled persons.

The reporting time for all races will be 5.30 am. The run, starting from Kalinga stadium will go up to Tanishq showroom at Chandrasekharpur, take a u-turn from there and end at the Kalinga stadium. The runners will be given smart RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips to track the participants’ performance and location. There will be awards in 5 different categories with the highest prize money of Rs 51,000.00 going to the winner of the 10km run. There will be separate registration fee for corporates and institiutes and individual participants. ( Details attached)

Registrations can be done online at www.tatasteelbhubaneswarrun.com or at the registration counters at Kalinga stadium from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, starting February 5, 2015. The last date for registrations is February 11, 2015. The goodies bag, containing a t-shirt, an information leaflet, a bib number unique to each participant and RFID chip, can be collected from February 12 onwards from the designated counter at Kalinga Stadium. Each person who registers for the event will receive a badge of the event and an sms and an email confirming the registration. Others present on the occasion included Mr Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel, Bhubaneswar and Mr Charles Borromeo, Head, Sports, Tata Steel.

Sports and physical fitness are ingrained in the philosophy of Tata Steel. This is the third in the series of the popular athletic events in Eastern India after Tata Steel Kolkata Marathon and Tata Steel Jamshedpur Run-a-thon held in December ‘14. Tata Steel is committed to develop this initiative into a key sporting event in Bhubaneswar in the years to come.

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