Bangalore, Dec 13: More than 20,000 runners, including 26 foreign athletes, are expected to participate in the 25,000 US Dollar BSNL-Bangalore International Marathon to be held here on December 16, Karnataka Athletics Association President G Parameshwara said today.
He told newsmen here over 7,050 entries had already been registered with many more were expected by December 15, the last date for registration. Mr Parameshwara said the event had attracted entries from Kenya, Ethiopian, Uganda, United Kingdom, Morocco, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Already three athletes from Kenya, including Ngira Nyaga, who has participated in 11 marathons, Makau Nzioka and Sua Mutisya have arrived and are practising for the big day.
The event would be held in the following categories --Full Marathon 42.195 Km, Half Marathon 21.097 Km, Charity Run by various NGOs, Corporates 5 km,Senior Citizens 5 km and Wheel Chair 2 Km.
The winner of Full Marathon would receive cash prize of 5,000 USD and Half Marathon 2,000 USd.
Prize money for second up to sixth position ranges from 2,250 USD to 600 USD in Men's Section and 1,500 USD to 400 USD in the Women Section. Besides, there would be a bonus cash prize for creating record in the event, he added.
Mr Parameshwara said more than 600 volunteers would be on the job for providing water and refreshments to the participating athletes.
Six ambulances with paramedical staff would follow the athletes to attend to any emergency.