Bhubaneswar: In line with its stated commitment of building a better tomorrow, Tata Steel announced the 5th edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon (TSBHM) on January 12, 2020. Organised in association with the Government of Odisha’s Sports and Youth Services Department, the TSBHM 2020 is set to have running enthusiasts from across the country gather on a common platform to promote health and active lifestyle.
Bringing together the people of Bhubaneswar and beyond as they celebrate their love for running and sports, Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon is organized every year in the month of January to commemorate the National Youth Day. Launched in 2016, the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon seeks to catapult Bhubaneswar into becoming one of India’s premiere distance running destinations. With an aim to encourage an active sporting lifestyle, the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon has been witnessing growing number of participants each year.
On the occasion, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel said, “We are happy to once again host Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon along with Government of Odisha. This event has grown in popularity year-on-year and Tata Steel stays committed to improve on the running experience of this signature event. We look forward to a significantly large turnout on the race day.”
Speaking on the association of Tata Steel and the state of Odisha with Sports, he added: “It is gratifying to see Bhubaneswar fast growing into a sports destination in the country”.
The details of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon 2020 were announced during a press conference in Bhubaneswar today. TSBHM 2020 consists of three competitive races – 21 km (Half Marathon) for men and women of 18 years and above, 10 km for men and women of 15 years and above and 5 km for boys and girls between the age of 12 to 16 years. The highest prize money will be Rs 1 lakh to each of the winners in the Men and Women category of Half Marathon. Venue will be Kalinga Sports Complex, Bhubaneswar. Last date of registration through the official website www.tatasteelbbsr-run.com is 30th December 2019. However, there will be a maximum of 5000 registrations and enrolment will happen on a first come first serve basis.
The registration fees for Half Marathon is Rs 300, for 10 km Run is Rs 200 and for 5 km Run is Rs 100. All participants will be given participation T Shirts, BIB Chip and Number as well as refreshments.
State-of-the-art technology consisting of Timing Mats and its control units, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips, split timing mats on route, tracking camera, wi-fi network on route as per international standard will be used to follow the world-class standards at the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon.
During the press conference, the official T-Shirt for the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon 2020 was unveiled by Shri Manoj Kumar Padhi, Joint Secretary, Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha and Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, along with other guests including Mr R R Satpathy, General Manager, Corporate Services, Tata Steel Kalinganagar and noted Odia actors Ms Archita Sahu and Mr Sabyasachi Mishra.