World 10K Bangalore

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World 10K Bangalore
Sree Kanteerava Stadium in 2010.jpg
The race starts and finishes at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Date Late May
Location Bangalore, India
Event type Road
Distance 10 kilometres
Established 2008
Official site TCS World 10K

The World 10K Bangalore (known as the TCS World 10K for sponsorship reasons by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)) is an annual 10 kilometres road running competition which takes place in Bangalore, India. The competition was first held in 2008 and usually takes place in late May. The first three editions were sponsored by Sunfeast (ITC Limited).

The race, which is certified by AIMS-certified,[1] begins and ends at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, after looping through the roads of Bangalore. The different race categories at the event are – World 10K (participation restricted to International and National athletes), Open 10K (participation open to amateur runners), Majja Run (a 5.7 Km run meant for fun runners), Senior Citizens’ Run (a 4.2 Km run for Senior Citizens, and the Champions with Disability event (a 4.2 Km event for persons with disability). In addition to this there also is a 10 Km Corporate Champions category in which companies can field a team of 3 members and compete to achieve the best aggregate time.

The event is organised by Procam International, a sport and leisure management firm which is also responsible for the Mumbai Marathon and Delhi Half Marathon. There is a total prize pot of US$170,000 and race winners receive over $21,000 for their victories.[2] Further significant prizes are offered to the best Indian competitors and teams.[3]

The race is directed by former British runner Hugh Jones. A total of 23,000 runners participated in the various events that took place at the 2008 edition.[4] The current men's course record is held by World Half Marathon champion Geoffery Kipsang Kamworor with a time of 0:27:44. Geoffery Kamworor set this new course record in the 2014 edition bettering Zersenay Tadese time of 27:51 set in the inaugural year of the event. The 2014 edition also saw a new course record in the Women’s category, set by Lucy Kabu in a time of 0:31:48. This was 10 seconds better than the previous best by Wude Ayalew set in 2010.

The 5th edition of the competition also offered incentives other than the prize money like Limited T-Shirts which would be given away to the top 1500 finishers in the race.

The 7th Edition of World 10K was held on the 18 May 2014 with legendary Olympian Carl Lewis as its Event Ambassador.[5]

Past winners[edit]

A fun runner in a Ravana costume during the "Majja Run" in 2008

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 2008  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 27:51  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)
 Grace Momanyi (KEN)
32:02
2nd 2009  Deriba Merga (ETH) 28:13  Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 32:08
3rd 2010  Titus Mbishei (KEN) 27:54  Ayalew Wude Yimer (ETH) 31:58
4th 2011  Philemon Limo (KEN) 28:01  Dire Tune (ETH) 33:19
5th 2012  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 28:00  Helah Kiprop (KEN) 32:22
6th 2013  Alex Oloitiptip (KEN) 28:07  Gladys Cherono (KEN) 32:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ AIMS Race Directory. Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  2. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2008-05-18). Tadese the men’s 10km victor, while Abeylegesse and Momanyi share women’s spoils in Bangalore. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  3. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-05-31). Merga and Mergia take thrilling 10km victories in Bangalore. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  4. ^ IAAF Gold Label for Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore 2010 . India Times (2010-03-30). Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  5. ^ "Carl Lewis named Ambassador for Bangalore 10K run in May 2014". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 

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