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COUNTDOWN TO THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED TATA STEEL KOLKATA 25K 2023 FROM THE ICONIC VICTORIA MEMORIAL

One of India’s biggest running festivals, Tata Steel Kolkata 25K scheduled for Sunday, December 17, kicked off its countdown celebrations from the regal environs of the iconic Victoria Memorial, Aamar Kolkata Aamar Run.

The World Athletics Elite Label Road Race and the only AIMS-accredited 25K course, is carefully crafted to take in some of the city’s majestic sights – Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, Park Street, VidyaSagar Setu, James Prinsep Ghat, Fort Williams Golf with the start and end at the iconic Red Road.

 

 

 

Registrations for the USD 100,000 prize money event continue in high spirits. The feature race 25K, 10K and the Silvers’ Run has received an overwhelming response from the running community and are now oversubscribed. Registrations for the Ananda Run and Champions with Disability are open until November 30, IST 11:59 p.m., or till running places are filled, whichever is earlier.

The eighth edition of the event will witness world-class athletes, along with fitness enthusiasts and amateurs being cheered on by World Champion Hurdler, International Event Ambassador Colin Jackson, Ratnas Jhulan Goswami, and Koushani Mukherjee.

Major General H. Dharmarajan -General Officer Commanding-Bengal Sub Area, Indian Army said, ” It is a huge moment and honour for me to be present here. To have this sort of a race being conducted in the city of joy is itself a huge success. Kolkata has always been a cultural city and this event will be the biggest sporting event for the city. From my experience in my field I can say that, keeping in mind the soldiers and my colleagues who have given their lives for the motherland, I would love to run for them. I wish all the runners the very best and I hope this turns out to be a huge success.”

In an exclusive chat Brigadier Raj Kumar Singh – Deputy GOC, Bengal Sub Area, Indian Army shared his thoughts with us.

“Sports and games have a special place in Indian Armed Forces and the idea of sports, health and excercise has been an integral part of military fitness regime with an aim to promote a positive message about excercise as concept and a genuine effort to stay healthier. It’s a great honour for Indian Army and in particular Eastern Command to be associated with the prestigious Tata Steel Marathon 25K Kolkata to celeberate the all importance of Vijay Diwas and remember all the fallen heroes who laid down there life for our great nation INDIA.”

Samarendra Kumar – Director, NCSM and Victoria Memorial Hall, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, said “This venue I can say proposes well-being of all and good health. Every morning we see big number of people who come over to Victoria to have a walk and to stay fit. I am very much privileged for being a partner here and to host this wonderful event. I wish this event turns out to be a huge success.”

VIJAY DIWAS TROPHY :

In a show of solidarity with the Services, TSK 25K is honoured to celebrate Vijay Diwas which falls during the week of the event. Instituted, in 2018, it remains an integral part of the running festival with the whole-hearted participation of the Eastern Command. The trophy is inspired by the historic Vijay Smarak and is a Rolling Trophy.

Vijay Diwas Trophy is contested between the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force with a total 35 teams. Each team has three members running the 25K and the aggregate of their timings determine the winner. The top three teams stand to win INR 60,000, INR 42,000 and INR 30,000 respectively.

It is just a matter of time now, before the twinkle toes, the rush of runners, and the wakeful early morning hurrah erupt along the cityscape of Kolkata this December.

With inputs from Pratyusha Mukherjee.

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