IIM Kozhikode conducts 3rd edition of Thantedam Calicut Mini-Marathon

IIMK conducts the 3rd edition of Thantedam Calicut Mini-Marathon on 26th February 2012. The event was conducted by IIM Kozhikode in association with Thantedam Gender Park and Kozhikode District Sports Council.

The Calicut mini-marathon, with its first two editions since 2010, has come to become an annual event, synonymous with Calicut, IIMK and social welfare. On 26th February 2012, Calicut city ran once again when IIM Kozhikode organized the third edition of Thantedam Calicut mini-Marathon 2012 in association with Thantedam Gender Park of Kozhikode, promoted by Shri. M.K. Muneer, Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayat, Govt. of Kerala and the Kerala Social Security Mission. With its theme “Empowering her future”, the third edition of mini-marathon aimed to highlight issues such as dowry, domestic violence, security, health and economic visibility faced by women in our society and promote empowerment of women.
Thantedam Calicut mini-Marathon 2012The proceeding started off early morning at Calicut Beach from 5:30AM with free registration of almost 6000+ participants. The event was attended by dignitaries such as Ms. Revathy (National award-winning actress and director), Shri. M.K. Muneer (Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayat, Govt. of Kerala), Dr. P.B. Salim IAS (District Collector, Kozhikode), Mr. Jishnu Raghavan (film actor), Ms. Jaya M.S. (Director, Social Welfare Department), Shri. Mohan Kumar (Special Officer, Thantedam Gender Park), Noorbina Rashid (General Convenor, Thantedam Gender Fest), Mr. T P Ashraf (Executive Director, Kerala Social Security Mission), Mr. Younus TK (Regional Director, Kerala Social Security Mission), Mr. K J Mathai (President, Kozhikode District Sports Council), Ms. P B Anitha (Secretary, Kozhikode District Sports Council), Shri G. Sparjan Kumar IPS (Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode) among others.

The 10-km men’s race was flagged off at 07:50AM by Actress Revathy, followed by the flag-off of 10-km women’s race by Actor Jishnu at 08:10AM. This was followed by Shri. M.K. Muneer flagging off the 3-km celebrity run which featured celebrities, citizens, women SHGs/NGOs like ICDS and Kudumbasree and college students showcasing their work on the theme ‘Empowering her future’ along the route.

The timing officials of Kozhikode District Sports Council confirmed the winners as under:
10-km men’s category-
1st place: Soji Mathew (Indian Railways)
2nd place: Anil G. Pawar (Ernakulam Navy)
3rd place: Raman Yadav (UP)
10-km women’s category-
1st place: Thara M.D. (Palakkad)
2nd place: Shoba V.V. (Palakkad)
3rd place: Danimol Thomas (Tsr Vimala)

In addition, consolation prizes were awarded to Top 4th to 20th positions in each of the race category, adding up to total prizes worth Rs.2.1 lakh.

Other awards presented during the presentation ceremony included the Best College trophy to NIT Calicut, Young woman achiever award to Fasna MP of Malabar Christian College and Netha Hussain of Kozhikode Medical College, Promising young woman award to Archana Karunan of NIT-C and Nimmi K of Vadavyasa Institute of Technology, Karad.

The ceremony wound up at 09:30AM with an address by Ms. Revathy and Shri M.K. Muneer.
Earlier, in the run-up to the marathon, IIM Kozhikode had organized a set of lead-up events such as ‘Young Woman Achiever award’, inter-school poster-making & elocution competition, local street-play at Calicut Beach, bike rally and Flash-mob at Focus Mall, Calicut.

The mini-marathon served as a precursor to the upcoming Thantedam Gender Park, a novel project envisaging a cultural centre that will offer women from various strata of society a slew of support systems and services such as library, juvenile home, health centre, legal assistance etc. all under one roof. The foundation stone for the Thantedam Gender Park will be laid at Vellimadukunnu in Kozhikode in March this year, followed by a week-long national-level gender festival with the theme “Celebrating Womanhood”. The gender festival will encompass a host of events for women such as sports and food festival, health camps, self-help group support workshops, documenting and sharing of stories of women’s struggle and success.”

The title sponsor for the Thantedam Calicut mini-marathon 2012 was the Thantedam Gender Park. The organizing partners were the Ministry of Social Welfare, Govt. of Kerala and Kozhikode District Sports Council. The associate sponsors were Uninor, Cradle Hospital Calicut, State Bank of India and State Bank of Travancore.
Radio Rain was the online media partner, Kozhikottukaar group the social media partner, Baby Memorial Hospital the medical partner, Asianet CV the channel partner, Redfish the event management partner with National Service Scheme, Calicut and Focus Mall, Calicut as the event partners.”