In its eight year now, the TCS World 10K race is all set to flag off from Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, tomorrow May 17, 2015. The AIMS-certified event draws leading track athletes and elites from across the world, who are joined by India’s own running community in full fervor. Looping through the Garden City, the 10 km course is a major international running event that attracts an equal number of charity groups and fund-raising runners across its many events. Bal Utsav along with India Cares Foundation are the Charity Partners for the event.
The event is organized by Procam International, a sport and leisure management firm which is also handles the Mumbai Marathon and Delhi Half Marathon. There is a total prize pot of US$170,000 and race winners receive over $21,000 for their victories.
The TCS World 10K offers something for every kind of runner. Firstly, there’s the World 10K. Participation in this category is subject to elite qualification criteria as set out by event promoters, Procam International. Where an applicant does not qualify for the World 10K, they can be a part of the Open 10K Run race category, subject to application rules and guidelines.
Champions with Disability is another category at the event. Participation in the Champions with Disability category is open for individuals with following disabilities: blindness, low vision, leprosy-cure, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, mental retardation or mental illness.
The legendary French track and field sprinter, Marie-Jose Perec, has been named the international event ambassador for this year’s TCS World 10K run. A formidable force, Perec has won three Olympic gold medals and is the first-ever athlete to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 400-m dash between the years.
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, from Kenya won the TCS World 10K race in the elite men’s category in 2014. He obliterated the six-year-old course record by clocking a superb time of 27:44.
Meanwhile, Kenyan long-distance runner Lucy Kabuu also broke the record in the elite women’s category in the 7th edition of TCS World 10K Bangalore, last year, with a brilliant new time of 31:48.
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