Bhubaneswar: The 5th edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon (TSBHM), organised in association with the Sports and Youth Services Department of Government of Odisha, was held here today with Ms Samsad Ara Begum from Khurda, Odisha (timing 01:23:40) and Mr Shankarman Thapa from Shillong, Meghalaya (timing 01:06:59) declared winners in the women’s and men’s half marathon categories respectively.
TSBHM 2020 included three competitive races: 21-km (Half Marathon) for women and men of 18 years and above, 10 km for women and men of 15 years and above and 5 km for girls and boys between the ages of 12 to 16 years. A total prize money of Rs. 8.64 lakh was distributed to the top 5 winners in all three categories (for both genders), including Rs. 1 lakh each to the two winners of the 21-km half marathon.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Government of Odisha, Mr Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Electronics and Information Technology, Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha, Mr Ananta Narayan Jena, MLA, Bhubaneswar (Central), Dr Sandeep Tripathi, IFS, PCCF, Odisha, Mr Lalit Das, IPS, CMD, Odisha Police Housing Corporation, Mr Debidutta Biswal, IFS, Special Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Odisha, Miss Sagarika Nath, IPS, I/C DCP, Traffic, Police Commissionerate, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, Mr R R Satapathy, General Manager, Corporate Services, Tata Steel Kalinganagar, Mr Manikanta Naik, Chief Corporate Services, Tata Steel BSL, Mr Debashis Jena, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel and several senior officials of the company, along with noted actors Ms Archita Sahu and Mr Sabyasachi Mishra.
Congratulating the winners of TSBHM 2020, Mr Chankaya Chaudhary, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel said, “It is a pleasure to have partnered with Govt of Odisha to bring another successful edition of Bhubaneswar half marathon for the sports enthusiasts of the state. This is also in line with our stated philosophy of promoting sports and cultural initiatives as a community outreach. Bhubaneswar is fast emerging as a sports destination in the country and we are happy with increasing registrations for the run particularly from participants from across the country. This also vindicates our efforts to establish TSBHM as an important event in the country’s running calendar.”
To ensure the safety and comfort of all runners, Tata Steel organised ambulances and water counters along the route. The Police Commissionerate Bhubaneswar-Cuttack played a significant role in traffic management. TSBHM 2020 deployed state of the art technology adhering to world-class standards consisting of timing mats and its control units, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, split timing mats on route, tracking camera and wi-fi network. TSBHM 2020 was held at the Kalinga Sports Complex, Bhubaneswar. All participants were given branded T-Shirts for participating in the race.
The Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon is an annual race held at Bhubaneswar in January to commemorate the National Youth Day and provide a common platform to promote health and active lifestyles.