Running enthusiasts make Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon an immense Success
- Ms Preenu Yadav and Mr Ramesh Kumar win the female and male category
- 4500 running enthusiasts participate in the event
- Festive atmosphere at Kalinga Stadium with a live band
- Cash awards worth Rs 8,64,000 won by participants
The Third edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon, organized today at Kalinga Stadium, witnessed participation from 4500 running enthusiasts from across the nation, making the event an immense success this year as well. The only professional half marathon (21.1 km) run of the city organized by the steel major in association with Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha was flagged off at 6 am by Dr S C Jamir, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Vineel Krishna, Director Sports & Youth Services, Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, Mr Arun Misra, Vice President, Gopalpur Project, Tata Steel & Managing Director, Tata Steel SEZ, Mr Sanjay S Sahni, Chief of Marketing & Sales, Branded Product and Retail, Tata Steel along with Mr Sabyasachi Mishra and Ms Archita Sahoo, noted odia actors.
Mr Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha joined as Chief Guest and felicitated winners of various categories. Ms Preenu Yadav and Mr Ramesh Kumar won the 21.1 Km half marathon in the Female and Male category respectively, bagging prize money of Rs 1, 00, 000 each. The Kalinga Stadium wore a festive look, with on-field performance by a live band and ‘gif in a giffy’ corner.
The Half Marathon covered a distance of 21.1 km starting from Kalinga stadium and moving on to the National Highway through Jaydev Vihar past Khandagiri Square and returning via the same route, finally terminating at Kalinga Stadium. This was followed by the 10 km run and 5 km run for boys and girls under 16 years of age.
Tata Steel had organised 5 ambulances and several water counters along the route to ensure the safety and
comfort of all the runners. The Commissionerate of Police played a significant role in traffic management.
State-of-the-art technology consisting of timing mats and its control units, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, split timing mats on route, tracking camera, wi-fi network on route as per international standard were used to ensure a world standard conduct of the half marathon.
All participants were given branded T-Shirts for participating in the race.
PRIZES FOR THE EVENT
Tata Steel thanks the government administration, the Sports Dept., the Commissionerate of Police and all the participants in making this year’s edition a great success.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Ethisphere Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.
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