Bengaluru, Dec 17: Come December 20 and Bengaluru will witness the eighth edition of the midnight marathon (www.bengalurumidnightmarathon), a popular platform for raising funds for charity. The event has 15 sponsors, including the State Bank of India, which is the title sponsor. Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC), a service club, is organising the event.
The events at the marathon and their timings:
- Community Relay at 4pm: The race will feature teams with five representing their communities by running a relay. Each member of a team will run 1 kilometre before passing on the baton to the next member. One community can send more than one team to participate in the relay.
- IT City Fun Run at 6 pm: A flagship event of the marathon, it is organised for those who love to run but are not professional. It is a fun-filled 5-km race where even entire families can take part.
- Women's 10k Run at 7:30pm: An exclusive event for the women aimed at instilling the spirit of achievement and victory.
- Women's Relay at 7:45pm: A special event to recognise the dynamic women of Baengaluru and also to provide a platform for NGOs working in this sector to raise funds. It is a team event comprising 8 members and each member runs for 5 kms and hands over the charge to the other.
- Target Open 10k Run at 10pm: The 10k run is called the dream run/celebrity run where the runners will run along the celebrity ambassadors of the events. It will feature runners who like to stretch themselves with a healthy workout.
- Full Marathon at 12 midnight: This will be the main event of the marathon. It will be a full marathon taking place over a distance of 42.195 kilometres in the heart of Bengaluru's IT section. This event has evolved as one of international fame.
- Carewel Half Marathon at 12 midnight: This event will cover a distance of 21 kilometres.
- Airbus Corporate Relay at 12:15 am: A special event created as a part of the midnight marathon and it is specifically for the corporate entities of Bengaluru. Teams of eight members will take part in this event.
The Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2014 kicked off with a press conference held on October 15 which was attended by Olympic medal-winning pugilist Mary Kom.
On December 7, a pet-a-thon was held as a pre-race event at the Old Airport Road in Bengaluru to create awareness about homeless aninals.
Funds raised from the Midnight Marathon will be used in four projects that the RBITC has focused on, namely, adoption of a government school, integrated village development, lighting for literacy and potable water project for a village.