Hyderabad, 26thJune, 2018: Hyderabad Runners Society and Bharti Airtel together with the Govt. of Telangana announced the launch of the 8th Edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. The Government is supporting the annual sporting event organized by the Hyderabad Runners Society, which celebrated eleven years of promoting active lifestyles and promoting running as the preferred form of fitness activity.
The 2018 edition of this annual sporting extravaganza is gearing up for a major announcement – certification by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races - http://www.aims-worldrunning.org/aims.html ). Any certified AIMS marathon route allows runners to qualify for world major marathons. AIMS has over 450 member races in over 120 countries with 16 in India.
This annual sporting event will be held on 25th & 26th August with active participation of over 23,000 runners from across the country and overseas. Considered to be among the leading & challenging city marathons in India, this sporting event also marks the beginning of the Marathon Season in India and aims to bring the 427 years old historic city of Hyderabad alive!!
Shri. K. T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for IT, Commerce & Industries, Mines & Geology, MA & UD and NRI Affairs - Govt. of Telangana, Mr. Avneet Singh Puri, CEO, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Mr. Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director, Lieutenant Commander, Ms. Aishwarya Boddapti were present at the event.
As one of the most popular and highly rated marathons in India, returns for the eighth year, over 23,000 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 25thand Marathon on Sunday - August 26th 2018, the 10K, Half Marathon (21.095 km) & Full Marathon (42.195 km) will take place.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director – Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, said, “As Hyderabad Runners celebrated 11 years of promoting running as a healthy lifestyle choice, we are extremely delighted to announce the 8th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. We thank the Govt. of Telangana, our sponsors and partners for their constant patronage and support for the largest annual sporting & social event in Hyderabad. In this eighth edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, our focus first and foremost is on increasing runner safety and offering world class race amenities. Another important development is the measurement & certification of the Marathon route by an AIMS qualified measurer and am confident Hyderabad Marathon will pass this muster with flying colors. We humbly request Hyderabad citizens to come support & cheer the runners and be part of this massive city event.”
At the launch event, said, Mr. Avneet Singh Puri, CEO, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel Ltd “Hyderabad’s popularity has grown tremendously over the last few years, and with that so has the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, which is now one of the largest marathon events in the country. We at Airtel are proud to showcase our commitment towards this “community together” iconic event. Each year the devotion, determination, and commitment by those aiming to participate in the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon is truly inspiring. I invite the runners across the world to embrace the unique spirit of this city and make the 8th edition of AHM a memorable one”.
Hyderabad Runners is always committed to support those in need of help. In this 8th edition of the annual Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, we are proud to extend our support to over 40 participating NGOs who are focused on providing solutions to important real world issues such as education, healthcare, disability care, animal rights, human rights and equality among others.
Hyderabad Runners Society, the event promoter, aims to promote running as the preferred form of fitness activity for an active lifestyle. The Full and Half Marathon covering a distance of 42.195 kms and 21.095 kms will traverse the important landmarks in the city giving the runners a picturesque view of the Hussain Sagar Lake, IT & Knowledge hub of HiTec City & Gachibowli while spreading the healthy lifestyle theme among Hyderabad denizens.
About Hyderabad Runners:
Airtel Hyderabad Marathon has now become synonymous with many things which are Hyderabadi. It owes the current status to the vision, passion and hard work of the members of Hyderabad Runners, the team that had introduced this mammoth racing extravaganza to the city of Hyderabad. Founded in 2007, a good four years before the Marathon began to run across Hyderabad, the group currently has over 6000+online members. The members dedicated its endeavour to inculcate community running culture in the city and roping in people from all walks of life. The baby steps covered shorter runs before the half and full marathons made their place on the map. Their mission is to promote active lifestyles amongst the public and make running as the preferred form of fitness activity in and around the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
About Bharti Airtel:
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa. Head quartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 413 million customers across its operations at the end of March 2018.