Kolkata: One of India’s biggest running festivals, Tata Steel Kolkata 25K scheduled for Sunday, December 17th, kicked off its countdown celebrations from the regal environs of the iconic Victoria Memorial, AamarKolkataAamarRun.
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, VidyaSagarSetu, James PrinsepGhat, 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 30th, 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 JhulanGoswami, 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.”
Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said “I am excited to witness the energy and enthusiasm building up for the 8th edition of the TSK 25K 2023 in Kolkata. It is not just a race; it’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of Kolkata. This event not only celebrates running but also reflects our commitment to promoting a healthier and more sustainable future. We invite everyone to join us in this exhilarating countdown, as we pave the way for a remarkable journey of endurance, community, and achievement. Let us stride forward, united in the pursuit of excellence and resilience, symbolising the strength that defines Tata Steel.”
“IDFC FIRST Bank is thrilled to partner with the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, an event that celebrates the City Of Joy and its people. This is our second consecutive year of partnership with TSK 25K as their exclusive Associate Sponsor. As a bank that is committed to social good, we believe that this partnership is a wonderful approach to understand our customers and connect with them on ground. Additionally, we hope to inspire the society at large to reach their highest potential. We look forward to seeing participants and their families come together to celebrate their JourneyToTheStart, said, Naarayan TV, CMO, IDFC FIRST Bank.
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.”