Muthoot Finance Cochin Half Marathon on Dec 7

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014,20:59 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The second edition of the Muthoot Finance Cochin International Half Marathon, Kerala’s largest sporting  and social extravaganza with a host of new initiatives, will  be held here on December 7.
Announcing this at a news conference, Mr A Sreekumar, Managing Director and CEO of Push Integrated Communication, the promoters and executors of the event, today said the second edition would  be quite different from its maiden marathon with its massive participation, increased prize money, new race categories and the promise to provide a hugely satisfying experience to  all participants.
The online and physical registrations for the Half Marathon would be open on October one, he informed.    Speaking on the occasion, Malayalam matinee idol Padmasree Mohanlal, who is the ambassador along with ace spin bowler Harbajan singh, said, ‘I am very happy to associate in the second edition also.
Though the participation saw around 1500 people in the first edition, it would be doubled in the second edition with its massive support.’  He also expressed the hope that the event would find a place in the world marathon map coping with other international marathon events, being conducted across the world in every year.
Mr Singh also expressed the happy to become part of the event said ‘it is a great opportunity to take part in the event and wished the Kochi event a great success.’    Regarding the prize money, Mr Sreekumar said the event would offer a total prize purse of Rs 65 as against Rs 50 lakh in the first edition, which includes a separate prize fund for the Indian athletes.
‘There has been an increase in the overall prize money with male and female winners taking hone USD 5500 each, with the runners-up getting richer by UDS 3250. There is overall prize money up to eight places for men and women. Indian athletes have a separate prize fun, with the fastest man and wman winning Rs two lakh each and the runner-up will take Rs 1.5 lakh each to their home,’ he said.
In addition this year was the introduction of performance bonuses. There would a bonous or UDS 1500 each for men and women, who will break the existing overall course records The course recon for men stand at 62.54, set by Kenyan Bernard Kipyego, while for women it is 71.54, set by Kenyan Helath Kiprop, he added.