The Chennai Marathon 2008 is all about to kick start on Feb 10th 2008(this sunday) from the Labour Statue(Ullaipallar sillai).Announcing this in a press conference ,Mary Rajathy,the GM of the Sports Development Authority Of TamilNadu (SDATN),said that the main aim of this event is" to bring people from all walks of life to run together for a greener future".
Elobrating about the details of the event ,the Sports Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr.Mohiden khan,said that the event was going to be conducted in a category of 5 .Which are:
1)FULL MARATHON FOR MEN:
DISTANCE ::: 42 KMS approx,starting from the labour statue(ullaipallar sillai),with two laps.
PRIZE MONEY::: Rs.75,000
2)HALF MARATHON FOR MEN AND WOMEN:
DISTANCE::: 21 kms approx,starting again from the labour statue
PRIZE MONEY:::Rs.50,000 for women,Rs.30,000 for men.
3)MARATHON FOR PEOPLE BELOW 19 YEARS OF AGE:
DISTANCE::: 6 kms approx,starting place is again the labour statue.
PRIZE::: Rs.10,000 along with a shield.
4)MARATHON FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND CORPORATES:
DISTANCE::: 3 Kms approx.
Apart from this there is one more category: 5)MARATHON FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN,the details of which i don't know.
MAIN SPONSERS:: Hero Ultra.
These are the information that i collected from these sites::
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The last chennai marathon happened in 2006 ,and i have read that, it was really poorly organised,with participants being not informed beforehand about the target time of 4 hrs,as a result,after four hours ,participants were literally chased up by the police .Many of them were 100 metres of the finishing line but yet they were asked to leave ,as the TIME WAS OVER.(Just imagine their frustration,after running for 4 hours with an aim of finishing it,you are being told this)
So collect all details beforehand and then leave.Lets hope we have a good organising this time.
Now for the informal section of my writing:
This event is being organised to encourage promoting a GREENER and a POLLUTION FREE chennai.Now let me ask you this,you are running in this marathon with a t-shirt asking to "PROMOTE GREENER AND POLLUTION FREE CHENNAI",and now its two years from that date,Has chennai become greener and pollution free???Probably you must now be in some oxygen parlour paying 100 bucks for your pure oxygen.These things got no sense as such.HTF just a promotional event like this ,is really going to bring any change ??And if you know a person who has changed from attending any of these promotional events,i kindly request you to show me that guy/gal,iam pretty sure that i can convince that guy /gal to giving his property to me for a "GREENER CAUSE".
These events are primarily aimed at making money by giving away a small part of the made money as a eye catchy prize.
If your arguement is that,the money collected from the sponsership of this event is going to be used for the cause,just hold on...The very cause that we are talking here came into light because you and me have failed to realise the fact that it is you and me who are fucking up with nature.So Don't be lame,to be going to this marathon for promoting the cause for which you and I were responsible, rather,just be a responsible individual in your daily life.(A small example of how you chennaities can do this is out here) .But whatsoever,Iam sure that running a marathon is going to be a real fun ,that too,getting to run it alonside a beach,is even more awesome,so gear up and don't miss to participate in the event .And participate with the motto of just running and not with an idea of promoting the cause.
Entry forms are available at the Anna , Marina, the Shenoynagar Swimming pool and SDAT Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.