One of the most prestigious and sought after running events in India, the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon is recognized by the AFI and is the biggest marathon in Eastern India. The event is backed by Indian tennis legend and Olympic medal winner Leander Paes.

The IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon aims to promote athletics in the state and to give Indian athletes a platform to showcase their talent. The company sponsoring the run is actively working towards all-round development of individuals and promoting health and fitness in the city. The 2016 edition of the marathon is scheduled for March 6.

The last edition saw more than 15,000 runners take to the streets. The IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon is the only marathon in Kolkata which provides athletes a full 42.195 km course to test their mettle. The other popular marathon in the city, the Tata Steel run is a 25K affair. The marathon is open to everyone, however with the aim to encourage Indian athletes, the prize money will be awarded to Indian nationals only.

Besides the marathon distance, there’s a half marathon (21.1 Km), a 10K run and a 5k run, with individual categories for men and women. Registration is currently ongoing with no clear last date yet. You can sign up for the Marathon on the official site.

The registration fee for the marathon, half marathon and 10K run is Rs 550, while a 6-person corporate team can sign-up for the marathon for Rs 3,500. The 5k fun run has a registration fee of Rs 300. There’s no spot registration for this event so you have to sign up before time for the race, and do only join if you have adequate training for a long run.

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