Tata Steel Odisha Utsav concludes with Bhubaneswar Half Marathon

Bhubaneswar: The much awaited Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half-Marathon, the first professional run of the capital city organised by the steel major, turned out a grand event on Sunday with participation of more than 3000 enthusiastic runners.

The half-marathon (21.1km) was flagged off by Governor SC Jamir at Kalinga Stadium in the presence of Sudam Marandi, Sports and Youth Services minister, Sidhant Mohapatra, MP, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar, TV Narendran, MD, Tata Steel India & SEA, Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president, Corporate Services , Tata Steel, Arun Misra, vice president, Project Gopalpur & MD Tata Steel SEZ, and Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communication and Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel.

The half-marathon starting from Kalinga stadium went 10 km towards Chandrasekharpur, taking U-turn from there ended at the stadium.

A total of 210 marathoners participated in the Half Marathon.

Ms Sima and Deepak Kumbhar were the winners in the female and male category respectively in 21.1 km half marathon and awarded Rs 100,000 each by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

It was followed by 10 km run for corporates and 5-km run for school children.

“We must support such endeavors as they help in connecting citizens and promoting fitness. We will continue to provide all support to help such endeavors engage more and more participants across the state,” Marandi said.

Speaking on the occasion T V Narendran, who also participated as a runner in the 10 km segment, said the huge success of this Tata Steel Bhubaneswar half-marathon proves the appeal of such professional events to the sports loving people of the state and Tata Steel is committed to make it a landmark event in the sporting calendar of Odisha in coming days.

The Kalinga stadium wore a festive look as thousands, clad in green t-shirts, including senior government officers, corporate executives, students from various institutions and schools ran in different categories while a crowd of people from different walks of life cheered for them.

Awards worth of Rs 9,14,000 (excluding applicable taxes) were given to winners in different categories. The awards were given in three different categories with the highest prize money of Rs 100,000 going to each of the winners (Men and Women category) of the 21.1kms run.