Kolkata will reverberate with the collective energy of thousands of runners once again, as the city laces up for the much-anticipated Tata Steel Kolkata 25K (TSK 25K) to be flagged off from the iconic Red Road on Sunday, 18th December 2022.
Bengal’s very own TSK 25K, which sparked a running revolution in eastern India, is a celebration of humanity that is etched in the city’s ethos. This year, the event takes on a larger meaning of hope, faith, and belief, that things will get better from here. #NotunJoshNotunRun
TSK 25K is supported by the Government of West Bengal, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the Indian Army – Eastern Command and Bengal Sub-Area, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, and the Kolkata Police. The event will be conducted under the auspices of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the aegis of the West Bengal Athletics Association (WBAA) and certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
Aroop Biswas, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Power, Government of West Bengal, said: “Tata Steel Kolkata 25K played a pivotal role in kickstarting the running revolution in eastern India. A symbol of pride and camaraderie, I urge the citizens of Bengal to take up a healthy lifestyle through running and be a part of the upcoming 7th edition of the TSK 25K to be staged in the heart of Kolkata.”
Lt. General Rana Pratap Kalita UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC–in–C, Eastern Command, Fort William, said, ” Tata Steel Kolkata 25K promotes fitness, and encourages the youth of today towards achieving the Fit- India target. Running has been the forte of Indian Armed forces for a long time and this event is very close to our hearts. Vijay Diwas on 16th December is considered as a milestone in the history of Indian Army. This day is observed as a mark of honour to the gallantry shown by the Army and it is a privilege for us to host the Vijay Diwas Trophy as a part of the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K. I would like to thank Tata Steel, IDFC FIRST Bank and all other partners for promoting this sporting event.”
Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel Limited, said, “We are delighted to announce that TSK25k is back on the road after a break of two years due to the pandemic. As the first run in its category to be certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races in India, TSK25k has grown to become one of the most important events in our country’s running calendar for all who are passionate about health and fitness. For Tata Steel, promoting sports and cultivating sporting talent is an integral part of our ethos. TSK25k holds special significance as it is the biggest run of its kind in east India that welcomes professional and amateur runners from around the world. It is one of our largest community engagements in our annual sporting calendar, and we are certain that this year’s event will take TSK25k to even greater heights.”
Since its inception the TSK 25K has become synonymous with philanthropy, drawing attention to the social service sector. Today, the event is one of India’s largest sporting philanthropy platforms, changing lives for the better.
Report- Pratyusha Mukherjee, Broadcast Journalist, BBC News