The Federal Bank Calicut Mini Marathon 2011 organized by the Social Service Group of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in association with District Sports Council and Usha School of Athletics, took place on Sunday, 6th February, at the Calicut Beach. The theme of this year’s marathon was ‘Transforming Lives’. The aim of the marathon was to create awareness about the importance of education of the differently abled children in our society. Some of the dignitiaries attending the event included Dr P.B.Salim, the District Collector of Kozhikode, Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIM Kozhikode, Shri. K J Mathai, President of the District Sports Council, Shyam Sreenivasan, MD and CEO of Fed Bank, Mr. R. Madhusanker, President of the Calicut Press Club among several other noted personalities. Popular film actress Ann Augustine also attended the event. Representatives from Prashanti School, an institution working in the field of education for the differently abled, which was being supported by the Calicut Mini-Marathon this year, were also present at the event.
The marathon brought together over 5000 people in and around Calicut, of who about 3000 participated in the 10km and 3km versions. The 10 km race saw runners aged from 6 to 60, with about 500 men and 50 women vying for the top honors. The milling crowds at the registration desks on the Calicut beach bore testimony to the enthusiasm exhibited by the city’s youth and the young at heart. The men’s mini marathon was flagged off by the Collector from the start line near the Corporation Office at about 7:15 am. Following it, the women’s mini marathon was flagged off by popular film actress Ann Augustine.
Along with the 10km Mini Marathon, a 3km Dream Run was also organized where the dignitaries walked shoulder to shoulder with students and members from various organizations in the city. The aim of this run was to exhibit the solidarity of the different groups with the issue at hand. Students from colleges across Calicut had visited special schools prior to the marathon, had spent time with the differently abled children there and had come up with very thought provoking campaigns through banners, posters, slogans and even skits in the 3 km run. Students from NIT Calicut, Farooq College, Holy Cross College and KMCT Polytechnic participated in this unique event termed ‘Catalysts of Tranformation’.
The Men’s 10 km mini marathon was won by Soji Mathew from Railways. The 2nd and 3rd prizes went to Irappa D. Akki from MRC Sports Club and Chahar Y. S. from Navy (Ernakulam) respectively. The women’s mini marathon was won by Priyanka Singh Patel. The 2nd and 3rd prizes went to Sushama Devi from Haryana and Rmaeshwari from Palakkad respectively. The winners took home a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh while the runners up got Rs. 50000 and the second runners up, Rs. 25000. The prizes were distributed by the Federal Bank team to the winners in men’s category and by Mr. Mathai, Preident of the District Sports Council and Professor Debashis Chatterjee to the women. The other runners in the top 20 were awarded consolation prizes of Rs. 2000 each for their efforts. The Trophy for the college with the most enthusiastic participation in terms of creativity, dynamism and strength went to NIT Calicut.
The title sponsor for this year’s event was Federal Bank, the numero uno bank in Calicut. The associate sponsor is Hilite Builders. Mathrubhumi is the official print media partner, Red FM is the radio partner and Asianet CV is the channel partner. MIMS Hospital is the medical partner. Rotary Club of Calicut Midtown, National Service Scheme and Focus Mall are also event partners.
An amount of Rs 1Lakh, collected from the marathon, was donated to Prashanti School for children with special needs run by the Navajyothi Trust. The school has twice received the award for the best school in Kerala catering to children with disabilities.