In a bid to promote and encourage recreational running in Surat, Surti Runners a running group, started in 2011 by Dr Pranav Desai, is organising the Surat City Half Marathon on September 13, 2015. The registration for the half marathon in men’s and women’s (open and veteran) categories is currently ongoing.
Surti Runners is a non-profit organisation and has been organising a number of small events and Sunday Long Runs. The group consists of members with a combined experience of running 496 Half Marathons, 110 Full Marathons, 9 Ultras (including Comrades), with 25 Podium finishes, 8 Triathlons, 3 IronMan, 3 Duathlon, and 1 Aquathlon finishes. The Surat City Half Marathon is its first flagship event and the minimum age eligibility is 16 years as on race day (i.e. born on or before 12 September 1999) for the 21.1 KM half marathon. The entry fee is Rs 1,000 for all categories.
The top-3 finishers at the Half Marathon in all 4 categories will win Rs 75,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. The age restriction for the veteran categories is 46 years of age and above on the day of event for male runners, and 40 years and above of age on the day of event for female runners. For more information on the marathon, and to register, visit the official site.