World’s top runners will all be keyed in to take part in the coveted Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on 29 November. The organisers have promised to provide bio-secure zones in order to ensure a COVID-19 free race for the elite runners.
All the international and Indian elite runners will start off from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, while several amateur participants from all across the world will join in via the exclusive Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App.
Owing to the pandemic, the participation this year will be from a convenient location, irrespective of where the location of the athletes are.
The World Athletics Gold Label race, which has been recognised by the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS), will have a total prize purse of $233,270.
This will be one of the first premier sporting events to be held in India in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and as such, the Delhi Half Marathon will maintain all mandatory protocols which will be in line with the advisory issued by the Indian government.
Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju has said that sport as always will be the symbol of optimism and he is looking forward to the event.
“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,” he said in a release.
“I would encourage each and every one of you to participate from the safety & security of your own surroundings,” he went on to add.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “Over the years, the Delhi Half Marathon has become an integral part of Delhi’s sporting calendar and an enduring symbol of sporting excellence, philanthropy, health & fitness.
The ADHM will take place with the support of the Sports Ministry, the Delhi government, Sports Authority of India, as well as the Athletics Federation of India.