India is a huge country and as such we have running events in all corners catering to runners of all levels. From dream runs to 10K runs for beginners to marathons for the experienced runners. These are the top half marathon running events in the country.
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
It is the second biggest running event in India, attracting masses of runners each year. Over 32,500 people took part in the 2014 marathon. This year’s Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is scheduled for November 29, and there are four categories of events – the half marathon, a 7 km Great Delhi Run, a 4.3K run for senior citizens, and a 3.5 km wheelchair race. Elite winners get $27,000, while top Indian finishers get Rs 3 lakh each at this event.
Cochin Half Marathon
Registrations are still open for the third edition of the Kochi (Cochin) International Half Marathon set for December 20, 2015. With a total prize money of Rs 65 lakh, this is one of the premier running events in the south of India. There will be races in four categories: half marathon, relay half marathon, a 10K run and a 7K Fun Run/Walk. The prize money is $5500 for the men’s and women’s winners and Rs 2 lakh for the two Indian winners.
Bengaluru Midnight Marathon
A great running event in the Indian calendar, the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon has some of the best conditions for marathoners. Expect cool weather and smooth roads on this marathon, which started in 2007. Registrations are still open for the December 5 event which also features a full marathon. Both marathons will start at 12 am midnight.
Goa River Marathon
The Goa River Marathon, in its 6th year, is rated as the 5th Best Marathon in India, and registrations for the 2015 edition is currently ongoing. The marathon which is run alongside the famed Zuari river, is scheduled for December 13, and registrations close on December 10, 2015.
Tata Steel Kolkata 25K
Not strictly a half marathon, the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K is actually longer than the traditional 21.1K run, scheduled to be on December 20, 2015. In addition to the 25K run, there’s an open 10K, a 6K Ananda Run and a 4K Senior Citizens as well as Champions With Disability run. The registration fees last year for the 25K (for elite and amateur runners) were Rs 600 for Indian participants, and US$30 for international runners. For the Open 10K, the entry fee was Rs 500 and US$20 respectively, while the Ananda Run (6 km), the Senior Citizens’ Run (4 km), and the Champions with Disability (4 km) had an entry fee of Rs 300/$15, Rs200/$10, Rs200/$10 respectively.