Guwahati, known as the Gateway to India’s North-East, is all set and geared up to host the first-ever Coal India Guwahati Half Marathon on December 3. The event will unite the entire community together and add to the city’s cosmopolitan identity, said organisers.
The event is not just about running, but also a celebration of Peace and Prosperity in the State and is supported by the Indian Army and endorsed by the Government of Assam, they added.
The event will witness three Race categories – Half Marathon (21.097 km), Open 10K and Guwahati Fun Run (Approx. 5 km). Registrations for all three categories start tomorrow, September 24 onwards.
Notably, the Guwahati Half Marathon marks a significant moment to showcase the Indian Army’s commitment to nation-building and the Assam Government’s dedication to fostering physical fitness, mental resilience, and the spirit of togetherness.
Speaking at the occasion, Nandita Gorlosa, Assam Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare said: “The event has been conceptualised to put Assam on the Marathon map of India and showcase our commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle while fostering a sense of unity and national pride amongst all of us. She also announced that many events showcasing ‘Assam Shining’ will be conducted every year to epitomise the Govt’s unwavering dedication to the wellbeing of the citizens.”
The World’s single largest coal producer and a ‘Maharatna’ status company, Coal India is the Title sponsor, and this event reflects its commitment to fostering positive change and stands to uphold its motto of “Empowering India, Nurturing Nature, Enabling Life” not just within the Northeast but throughout India.
The Coal India Guwahati Half Marathon will celebrate the different hues of Guwahati — strength, responsibility, pride, unity, passion, and joy — empowering us to transform our lives at every moment, under all circumstances. “It is a way to celebrate the oneness of the Northeast – coined as the Ashta Lakshmi,” a release said.
At Coal India Guwahati Half Marathon, there are no limits or boundaries – it’s a gateway to anything the runner wants to make of it. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a novice runner embarking on your first run, this event welcomes you with open arms.
The spirit of Guwahati’s people, hailing from diverse backgrounds, unites in the spirit of celebration, involvement, and positive transformation within the community.
Speaking at the occasion Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command addressed the gathering and said – “The state with its rich natural resources, cultural heritage and strategic location has been emerging as a region with immense potential & growth. The Indian Army wholeheartedly supports the Coal India Guwahati Half Marathon to celebrate long-lasting civil-military cooperation in building a safe, secure and prosperous Assam.”
He also lauded the contribution of Coal India as the title sponsor of the event and played a very crucial role in enabling the state government and the Indian Army to conceptualise and plan this event.
The event would further strengthen the bond between the people of Assam and the Indian Army and will catalyse the conduct of similar social and youth development projects in the State of Assam.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Assam Chief Minister and the Cabinet Minister of Power, Sports and Youth Welfare for being present here and contributing towards this mega event.
Vivek Singh, JT. MD., Procam International said, “Distance Running is the fastest growing sporting activity in our country and it’s exciting to see Guwahati as the next running destination. Our heartiest congratulations to the Indian Army, the Government of Assam, and Coal India for taking the initiative in launching this event. I am sure this event will inspire the community to converge together for – health & fitness, philanthropy, and camaraderie,” (ANI)