One of the most exciting running events in India, the Bangalore Midnight Marathon is organized by the Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC), to celebrate the innovative spirit of the city. The event was started in the year 2007 and has the unique privilege of being the Asia’s first midnight marathon. The 2015 edition of the marathon is currently scheduled to be held on December 20.
The Bangalore Midnight Marathon comprises the Full marathon (42.2 Km), the Half Marathon (21.1 Km), a 10K run and the IT City Fun Run (5K). Participants will have to register for each event separately. However, the dates for registration and the registration fees have not yet been disclosed by the organisers. The event date may also change in the future, and we will keep this story updated as and when the final details are confirmed.
The categories of races in last year’s marathon included a Pet-a-thon, a fun non-competitive walk for people and their pets, a Corporate Relay, a Women’s 10K, a Women’s relay, a Target Open 10K, the Full Marathon, and the Half Marathon. Being a night race, the first race will start in the late afternoon. Last year, the Full Marathon and the Half Marathon were flagged off at 12 am midnight. The Bangalore Midnight Marathon offers several advantages due to its unique start time, as traffic and pollution is less at midnight, and the cooler night temperature is conducive for running, though one would still need to take the same precautions as regular running at night.
The venue and course details have not yet been announced, we will update this post as soon as the details are announced. The Bangalore Midnight Marathon may not be as high profile as the Mumbai Marathon, Delhi Half Marathon or even the TCS World 10K, but it has had its share of the limelight with world boxing champion Mary Kom attending as the chief guest last year.