NEW DELHI: The year 2020 has been a challenging one and pushed us to the limit in every way possible. But what we will remember is, how we all emerged together from this, to adopt the new normal and restart the healing and rebuilding process.
The World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), since its inception, has held India’s flag high; representing its sporting spirit, and generosity.
On 29th November, the world’s most prestigious half marathon, will be the showcase of a resurgent sporting India to the world.
Supported by government of NCT of Delhi, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Ministry of External Affairs, Sports Authority of India, Athletics Federation of India, World Athletics (WA), Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) our sponsors and partners; ADHM 2020 will once again have the best athletes from around the world, running alongside our national elite, in the heart of our capital city.
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will follow the highest level of safety-standards, with bio-secure zones to ensure a COVID-19 free race for the elite runners.
While the Elite runners will be at the start line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on the 29th November, amateurs from across the globe will join them via the exclusive Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App. Participation this year will be from a convenient location, wherever you are. Registrations for three Race categories begin 30th October.
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said: "Sport has always been a symbol of optimism, and we look forward to the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Nov. 29. We extend our full support to this event that is India’s pride and welcome the world’s best athletes to our capital city. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is representative of a healthier and fitter nation and reinforces the vision of the Fit India movement. I would encourage each and every one of you to participate from the safety & security of your own surroundings.”
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The spirit of every participant has always been at the heart of ADHM. Inspiring you to create history and not just be a part of it! The new logo captures the story of every runner and the ethos of an event that has become a part of the fabric of Delhi and India.
Manish Sisodia, dy. chief minister of government of NCT of Delhi, stated: "Over the years, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has become an integral part of Delhi’s sporting calendar and an enduring symbol of sporting excellence, philanthropy, health & fitness. To watch the finest runners in the world compete on our home ground, will certainly be a boost for the citizens of Delhi and across India. That along with the thousands of amateur runners who participate in this event give us a great opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the joy of running.”
Shashwat Sharma, chief marketing officer, Bharti Airtel, noted: “These are unprecedented times for the world. This year’s Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will be extra special as it sends out a message of humanity’s resolve to collaborate and overcome odds. As an enabler of digital lifestyles, Airtel congratulates Procam for this year’s innovative race format that allows runners to participate from anywhere in India while staying safe. In many ways this will be a symbol of the emerging Digital India. We wish everyone participating, including the professional runners, a safe and exciting event.”
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is grateful for the on-going support of prestigious brands Channel Partner- Star Sports, Driven by-Altroz, Ignited by-PUMA, Timing Partner- Seiko, Hospitality Partner- Le Meridien, Print Partner- The Times of India, Radio Partner- 98.3 Radio Mirchi, Medical Services Partner-Max Healthcare, Institution Partner-HelpAge India, Hydration Partner- Bisleri, Energy Drink Partner- FAST&UP and Philanthropy Partner – India Cares.
ADHM 2020 AN ELITE RACE: $233,270 prize money event will witness world-class elites and India’s best taking centre-stage in the capital city. The event will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.
One of the first global sporting events to be hosted by India, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will maintain all mandatory protocols in line with the advisory issued by the government of India.
Hugh Jones, race director, opined: “With sport slowly but surely resuming world-over, being able to host the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is good news for runners. The event has always attracted some of the world’s best athletes and we are humbled to open our gates to them once again this year. The teams have been in detailed discussions with all stakeholders to workout the best possible option for our elites. Their safety and well-being are our top priority.”
Adille Sumariwala, president, Athletics Federation of India, added, “The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has maintained gold standards in executional excellence and has made its mark on the international distance running calendar. Beginning the competitive circuit in India with the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will be a fantastic opportunity for the Indian athletes and I am sure that they will make the most of it.”
Global Sports Communication (GSC), the event’s elite athlete coordinator, will put together a highly competitive field of elite athletes for the 2020 edition. Commenting on the stature of the field, Jos Hermens, director, stated: “India, and especially the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has a special place in our hearts. The warmth and hospitality of Delhi, its pleasant weather and the course is one of the best in the world and athletes love to compete on this fast course. We are committed to putting up a strong, competitive field and give India and the world the best of what distance running has to offer. We are so happy that Delhi is on as in these hard times our sport and athletes need opportunities.”
Dr Sandeep Jain, principal consultant and head, Emergency Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket and Medical director, commented: “Staying fit is very important to ensure better immunity and what can be considered better than running. It is healthy and helps in prevention of several lifestyle related diseases. However, given the current situation, it is very important that we maintain hand hygiene and social distancing while out on a run. We at Max Healthcare are committed to ensure that every participant enrolled for the Elite run enjoys it thoroughly while staying safe. The amateurs can join ADHM this year and participate from wherever they are. As medical partners for the ninth consecutive year, we have made necessary arrangements to deal with any kind of injury or a medical incident which may occur during the Elite run event. Our staff will be geared in protective gear to ensure appropriate medical care.”
INDIA RUNS WITH ADHM: Runners and the running community across India are the heart and soul of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. ADHM 2020 gives a unique opportunity for everyone in India to experience the magic of the event from anywhere in the country. India will run with ADHM using the new Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App.
This specialized event app will be launched exclusively with an array of features for an enhanced running experience. Timing and distance tracker, inspiring audio soundscapes and much more.
Registrations for all race categories Half Marathon, 10Km, Great Delhi Run (5km) will commence on 30th Oct. at 07.00 pm and stay open until 27th November on the event website, airteldelhihalfmarathon.procam.in.
Participants are urged to always follow prevailing Government Health Advisory and Safety Protocols.
The entry fee for Half Marathon and 10Km is Rs 499. This includes a personalised e-bib, personalised e-medal and an e-certificate.
In addition to that, participants will receive a personalized Unity medal that will be couriered to them. The Unity Medal is specially crafted for this year’s edition for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. Inspired by the Ashoka Chakra, the unique medal depicts the 24 spokes, that represent the 24 human values needed to evolve.
The entry fee for Great Delhi Run is Rs 299 and includes a personalised e-bib, personalised e-medal and an e-certificate.
For this edition, participants will have the option of running through the ADHM race week i.e. 25th-29th November, using ADHM app. i.e. from 0000 hrs on 25th November till 23:59 hrs on 29th November. A participant would be allowed to run and complete his run any time in this time frame depending on his convenience.
PHILANTHROPHY & GREAT DELHI RUN: ADHM is one of the largest sporting platforms for philanthropy in India. Given the need of the hour and to provide a fillip to the fund-raising effort, 50% of the Great Delhi Run 5km entry fee will be treated as a donation. The donation amounts will be directly transferred to India Cares Foundation, ADHM’s Philanthropy Partner, for equal distribution among NGOs registered for the event.
Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International, said: “2020 has been a challenging year for all. We are grateful to the faith and support of our sponsors & partners, the central and state governments and city authorities. They are the bedrock of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. It is their strength and commitment that is giving us the opportunity to host the event on Nov 29. I also salute our running community for their unwavering support to the cause. Am confident that they will participate in large numbers from their respective geographic locations. India will run as one with ADHM 2020.”