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Kolkata Marathon will be official qualifier for Rio Olympics

 M Post Bureau |  2015-12-24 01:01:09.0  |  Kolkata

Kolkata Marathon will be official qualifier for Rio Olympics

The IDBI Federal Life Insurance will be the new title sponsor of the Kolkata Marathon, which is scheduled on March 6. Multiple grand slam winner and Padma Bhushan awardee Leander Paes will be the “face of the event” . 

The Marathon will have 5 race categories — full marathon (42.195 Km), Half Marathon (21.09 km), Open and Corporate Challenge (10 km each) and the Fun run of 5 km. The number of participants in the Kolkata Marathon has been increased more than twice than what it was in 9 years ago when the event started. The programme got started with 6,000 participants while in 2015 the number of participants was 15,000. The Marathon will be an official qualifier for the Rio Olympics. 

The entry fee for the Full, half and 10K open is Rs 550 each while for Fun Run it is Rs 3,500. Online registrations can be done through the event website www.kolkatamarathon.com . The 2016 IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon will be flagged off from Red Road, in front of Ranger’s Club. Leander Paes speaking on the occasion said: “I am delighted to be associated with the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon.”

Vighnesh Shahane, CEO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, said: “It is a matter of joy and pride for us to be associated with this prestigious Kolkata Marathon 2016, now called the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon as its title sponsor.” 

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