Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coimbatore Marathon in October to create awareness on cancer

The second edition of Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon, organised by the Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF) in association with Coimbatore Runners and Showspace, will be held here on October 5. The event is supported by the Coimbatore District Athletic Association and the Tamil Nadu Amateur Athletic Association.

The inaugural edition which turned out to be a hit, in terms of participation, has inspired the organising committee to make it a truly world-class event this year, the organisers told presspersons here on Tuesday.

People from all walks of life besides professional athletes took part last year. Indian Air force, Army, Central Reserve Police Force, corporate executives and entrepreneurs were some of them who took part and made the event a grand success, said Ramesh Ponnusamy of Coimbatore Runners.

“Last year, the entries exceeded our expectations. So, this year we expect to touch the 10,000 mark.” he added. “We are looking forward to giving Coimbatore another world-class event,” said Ms.Vani, chief operating officer of Showspace.

Obviously, it involved a huge amount of preparation, planning and execution which would make this a much- talked about marathon. Awareness

T. Balaji, managing trustee of CCF, said the Foundation was working hard to create awareness on cancer and ways to prevent it. The Foundation also offered palliative care and financial support to the patients.

“Increasing awareness on healthy lifestyle and on running as part of fitness is one of the motives of this community event,” said Divya Chandran, and active runner herself and trustee of CCF.
The marathon is scheduled for the first Sunday of October as the month is dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Mr. Balaji, Mr. Ramesh Ponnusamy and other dignitaries unveiled the logo of Coimbatore Marathon 2014.

The event features the half marathon (21.1 km), a 10-km and a 5-km run/walk open to both men and women. Registration for the marathon began online a few days ago.
It will close by the end of August. Details are available on website:

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