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The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon is a very important annual event in Coimbatore conceived by the Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CFF). The event is held each year on the first Sunday of October. The last event was held on October 6, 2013. October is known to be ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’. By organizing the event each year CFF aims at making it a regular feature and a permanent fixture in the marathon calendar of the country.
CFF was established in 1991 and from then to now it has grown manifolds. The foundation was conceived by "Padmabhushan" Shri. K. Sreenivasan, a cancer patient himself. Currently it functions as a registered charitable trust and a research institution which provides counseling and cancer care support to patients and their family members in the cancer wards (VNCC) of G Kuppusamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore.
The marathon primarily promotes running for a cause. Through the Vodafone Coimbatore marathon, CFF aims at spreading awareness and creating a platform where everyone can contribute their share. It celebrates the entire spirit of running and helps create awareness about cancer. People from various walks of life get together for a cause. The event includes –
21.2 km run
10 km run/walk
5 km run/walk
1 km cancer survivors’ walk
1 km CEO walk
The first three prizes for the 21.2 km run are – Rs. 25, 000, Rs. 15, 000 and Rs. 10, 000. For the 10 km run the prizes are – 15, 000, Rs. 10, 000 and Rs. 5, 000.
The 21.1 km, half-marathon was flagged off by ADGP, Coastal Guard, Sylendra Babu and the 10-km-run was flagged off by Walter Devaram, president of Tamil Nadu Athletic Association, and vice-president, all India Athletic Association. The 5-km-run was flagged off by Davidson, IGP, west zone.
To make the event a bigger success CFF has teamed up with Coimbatore Runners and Tango. Coimbatore Runners was founded in 2011. It is a collection of people who share the strong passion for running. Currently the group has about 100 members. The members aim at creating awareness about running as a way of life and as a recreational activity. Tango, on the other hand is an associate company of Show Space. Show Space itself is one of South India's leading event management companies. Some of their well-known clients include – Chennai Super Kings, The Hindu, Nokia, TVS and Saint Gobain. The Wipro Chennai marathon which was recently held in Chennai was also organized by Show Space
Contact Details of Coimbatore Marathon
If you have any questions or queries about the event, you can get in touch with their team. Contact the team at –
Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon C/o Coimbatore Cancer Foundation G.Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital Post box No. 6327, P.N.Palayam, Coimbatore - 641037. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.coimbatoremarathon.com
With continuous and dedicated efforts of the entire team, the marathon got some great names as sponsors.
Given below is the list of the sponsors.
Title sponsor – Vodafone
Timing sponsor – Zimson
Associate sponsors – Talwalkars, The Chennai Silks, Karur Vysysa Bank
Official car – Skoda
Media partners – The Hindu
Pain relief partner – Volini
The first 5 positions of the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon:
Nagesh P Powar
The first 5 positions of the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2013