Over 20,000 to run 7th Airtel Hyderabad MarathonOver 20,000 to run 7th Airtel Hyderabad Marathon

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Hyderabad, 16th August 2017: Hyderabad Runners Society and Bharti Airtel together with the Govt. of Telangana announced that the 7th edition of the annual Airtel Hyderabad Marathon 2017 will have over 20,000 registered participants. With 3500 participants coming outside of twin cities, the annual sporting extravaganza is gaining massive approval among serious and amateur runners across India and overseas.
Hyderabad Runners society, has always been supportive of top rate NGOs to raise awareness about social causes and funding in 2017 leveraging the annual marque event – Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. There are 50 NGOs participating in this edition; a 400% increase over last year and hopefully will raise nearly INR 60 lakh towards different social issues. The select NGOs include Isha Vidhya, Aarohi Blood Bank, Grace Cancer Foundation, Heal a Child, Humane Society International/India, Mohan Foundation, Operation Eye Sight, Project 511. Nearly 1,300+ runners will be representing one charity or another; one of the largest number of charity runners in Indian marathons. The citizens of Hyderabad are requested to visit our charities portal ahm.letzchange.org and make generous contributions to a cause of their choice.   The Corporate Trophy for the largest corporate participant has been commissioned to encourage runners from large corporates and build awareness on promoting healthy lifestyles with running. It was unveiled by Mr. Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, CEO, Bharti Airtel Andhra Pradesh & Telangana & Mr. Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director, Airtel Hyderabad Marathon.
Speaking at the media briefing, Mr. Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director said: “In this 7th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, our focus first and foremost is on enhanced race amenities and ensure runners’ safety. As we constantly strive to integrate the annual sporting event into the average Hyderabadi citizen’s life, we hope to see an increased participation from local schools and communities as volunteers and cheering along the race route. We thank the Govt. of Telangana, our sponsors and partners for their constant patronage and support for the largest annual sporting event in Hyderabad.”
Speaking at event, Mr. Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel Andhra Pradesh & Telangana said, “For seven years, Airtel has promoted and presented this hallmark event to the city of Hyderabad, showcasing the thousands of wonderful stories and sharing the accomplishments of our amazing runners and participants of all levels. It’s fantastic to see that this event brings runners from all over the world to Hyderabad.  It’s a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to fall in love with the sport of running. Join us this weekend and celebrate the camaraderie among runners.” Hyderabad Runners is keen to encourage maximum citizen participation & make running the Marathon a fun-filled event with a lot of entertainment & music bands. Over 50 music bands from schools, colleges & professional groups are lining up the entire route of the Marathon to cheer runners & encourage citizens to join the largest community city event in Hyderabad. The prize money for the 7th edition is Rs. 7.2 Lacs for the winners in Elite | Male | Female category in the Marathon,  Half Marathon and 10K Run Categories. The 5K Run on the 19th August is classified as a Fun Run with no prize money. However, participants in this run are encouraged to run in fun costumes to highlight their pet causes.As one of the most popular and highly rated marathons in India, returns for the seventh year, over 25,000 runners, health & fitness enthusiasts, volunteers, medical personnel, city officials and police will come together and energize this sporting extravaganza with a curtain raiser – 5K Run on Saturday August 19th and on Marathon Sunday – August 20th 2017, the 10K, Half Marathon (21.095 km) & Full Marathon (42.195 km) will take place. The marathon route will traverse the important landmarks in the city giving the runners a picturesque view of the Hussain Sagar Lake, IT & Knowledge hub of Hi-Tech City & Gachibowli while spreading the healthy lifestyle theme among Hyderabad denizens.

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