Organized by one of India’s most popular running groups, Runners For Life, the Puma Urban Stampede has become a hot running event on the Indian circuit in a short span. Held across 7 different cities in India, and the Chennai leg of the event is coming up on October 30, 2015. With registrations closing on October 26, Chennaites have just a few weeks to get in shape and sign up.
The Individual 5K has a registration fee of Rs 700, while the 10K has an entry fee of Rs 1000. The Corporate Relay, is a big attraction at the Urban Stampeded and it’s a team of 4 from the same company. Here the entry fee is Rs 7000 for the whole team. In the corporate relay race, team members should have worked in the company for at least 6 months. All participants receive a bib and a timing chip, the cost for which is included in the registration fee.
Corporate Relay winners receive medals, certificates, trophy, winner T-shirts, and PUMA Gift Voucher for Rs 12,000, while the first and second runner up receive medals, certificates, and a trophy. For the Individual 10K and 5K winners medals, certificates, and winner T-shirts are on offer, while second and third place get medals and certificates. The fastest finishers in the men’s and women’s categories in the 5K and 10K stand to win a PUMA Gift Voucher for Rs 7,000. The Corporate Relay team has to cover 20km (4 X 5km) in total and the team that covers this distance fastest wins the title of the “the fastest corporate team in India”.
The Puma Urban Stampede is organized by Bangalore-based Runners For Life, which also founded the Kaveri Trail Marathon and the Bangalore Ultra. Besides individual 5K and 10K runs, the Urban Stampede tour consists of team-based corporate relays with four members running 5km each, which is arguably the more popular category. Participation in the corporate relay has seen immense growth since the inaugural year. In 2008, saw 78 teams from 38 companies participate. The subsequent years saw an increase to 149 teams in 2009, 294 teams in 2010 till we got to an all-time high of 486 teams in 2013. Overall, Runners For Life, which called itself the largest running community in India, has organized over 30 events in the last 8 years.
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