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 holds IAAF Gold Label Road Race status and is AIMS-certified,[1] begins and ends at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, after looping through the roads of Bangalore.[2] A number of other events occur alongside the elite race, including: a Nations Challenge event, an open 10 km race, a shorter 5.7 km race (the Majja Run), a 4-kilometre wheelchair race, and a senior citizens race.[3]

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$150,000 and race winners receive over $20,000 for their victories.[4] Further significant prizes are offered to the best Indian competitors and teams.[5] The event does not have official sanctioning by the Athletics Federation of India, which has led to the official body discouraging athletes from participating despite the level of prize money available.[6]

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.[7] The current men's course record is held by World Half Marathon champion Zersenay Tadese with a time of 27:51, while Wude Ayalew (a World Championship medallist) holds the women's best mark of 31:58.

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 marathon.

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 (2010-05-23). Mbishei, Yimer the surprise winners in Sunfeast World 10K. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  3. ^ Bangalore 10K road race granted IAAF Gold Label. Deccan Herald (2010-03-31). Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-05-31). Merga and Mergia take thrilling 10km victories in Bangalore. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  6. ^ Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore – AFI Threats to National Runners. Run Infinity (2010-05-20). Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
  7. ^ IAAF Gold Label for Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore 2010 . India Times (2010-03-30). Retrieved on 2010-06-09.

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