One of the more prestigious and acclaimed running events in India, the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K is a regular fixture in the running circuit. This year the 25K is 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. This is unlikely to change, but we will be updating this article with more up-to-date information as soon as they are announced. Registration dates have also not yet been announced by the organizers, so keep an eye on the official website for the dates. The exact details regarding the venue and the course for the various race categories have not yet been confirmed, we will update this post as soon as we receive information regarding the same.
The Tata Steel 25K has a minimum age limit of 18 years for the 25K run, and 15 years for the 10K. The minimum age limit for the Ananda Run, Senior Citizens’ Run, and Champions with Disability is 12 years, 60 years, and 12 years respectively. The Open 25K (Amateur) runners are divided into seven segments based on their age – 35 to under-40, 40 to under-45, 45 to under-50, 50 to under-55, 55 to under-60, 60 to under-65 & 65 and above, while the Open 10K runners are divided into six segments based on their age – 15 to under-25, 25 to under-35, 35 to under-45, 45 to under-55, 55 to under-65 & 65 and above.
The event is likely to see an increase in the prize money. Last year, a total of Rs 22,80,000 was awarded to overall winners and age-group winners. The first place winner received Rs 2,50,000, Rs 1,75,000 for the second place, while third place finisher was awarded Rs 1,00,000. The top two amateur runners (men and women) in each of the segments were also awarded with cash prizes of Rs 15,000 and 10,000 respectively. Apart from these awards there are many more prizes to be won for participants in the various race categories.