The premier sporting event of the city is returning after a year's hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hyderabad: The 10th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon will be held in the city on December 19, the organisers revealed on Monday.
The premier sporting event of the city is returning after a year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which saw over 25,000 participants in its previous year, however, will have around 10,000 participants owing to the pandemic. Being conducted by the Hyderabad Runners, the run will have 10k, half and full marathons.
Unlike every year, this year’s event will be held under strict Covid protocols. The runners will be checked for their temperatures and need to provide a fully vaccinated certificate while registering for the runs. Ahead of the run, the participants have to produce either the vaccination certificate or a RT PCR negative certificate from the previous 72 hours, to participate in the run, explained race director Prashant Morparia.
Considered one of the toughest runs of the country, the Hyderabad Marathon marks the return of city-based runs in the country. It will have around 2,500 volunteers, 250 medical personnel and other security officials, including the city police for the smooth conduct of the run. A fun run of 5 kilometres will be held on December 18. However, the people who can’t make it to the run physically owing to the travel restrictions from other cities or countries can participate in the ‘virtual run’ which is being conducted for the first time, added Prashant.
The T shirt for the participants was unveiled during the event and the organiser said they are considering including Durgam Cheruvu Cable Bridge, which is the new tourist spot in the city. “We are conducting the route survey and will speak to the authorities whether we can include the Cable Bridge route as well. However, our motto is to reduce the traffic restrictions to the public on the event day,” explained Prashant. Hyderabad Marathon on Dec 19.
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