Mahesh Bhupathi, Shalini Saraswathi throw weight behind Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2018

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Mahesh Bhupathi, Shalini Saraswathi throw weight behind Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2018

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Press Release

10/30/2018

Mahesh Bhupathi and Shalini Saraswathi were present at the press conference of Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2018 that will be held on December 8-9 at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO) in Whitefield. The winning prize of the event this year will be over INR 12 Lakhs.

Bengaluru, October 30, 2018: Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC) today raised the curtain on the much-awaited 12th edition of the only midnight marathon in India, the PhonePe Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2018’ (BMM) which stands testament to the undying spirit of Bengaluru. The race is scheduled on December 8-9, 2018 at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO) venue in Whitefield. PhonePe, India’s fastest growing Payments platform is the title-sponsor of this year’s event.

Mahesh Bhupathi, a former Tennis veteran unveiled the theme for this year’s BMM, ‘Run for Differently-Abled’ along with blade-runner Shalini Saraswathi. RBITC will be using the funds collected at the Marathon for various initiatives focused around spreading awareness and programs to benefit the Differently-abled. Additionally the funds will be utilized towards community projects such as supporting surgeries of the spine, eye, brain and heart, polio vaccination drives, mid-day meals for government school children, environmental and education projects.

The online registration for the individual events of BMM 2018 is open and participants can register online by logging onto http://www.midnightmarathon.in. The key events as part of the event will include HPCL Community Relay, Manipal ProLearn 5k IT City Fun Run, AIRBUS Corporate Relay, Akamai Open 10K Run, PhonePe Full Marathon, and Half Marathon. 

In addition to title-sponsor PhonePe, the partners of BMM 2018 include Airbus as the ‘Corporate Relay Sponsor’, Harman as ‘Sound Partner’, Sakra World Hospitals - Medical Partner, Manipal ProLearn - 5k IT City Fun Run Sponsor, Akamai - Open 10k Run Sponsor,  Bisleri -  Hydration Partner, ID - Fresh Food Partner, UNIQ - Security Partner, Zeven - Sportswear Partner, Timing Technologies - Timing Partner, Townscript - Online Registration Partner , Zomato as the Food Court Partner, Dunzo as the Delivery Partner, Yulu as the Shuttle Bicycle Partner, Prime Venture Partners as #FittestStartupChallenge partner,  and KTPO as the Venue Partner.

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is a registered member of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS-IAAF). AIMS is a member based organization of more than 380 of the world’s leading distance races, from over 100 countries & territories and they work with IAAF on all matters relating to international races. The course is measured and certified by an accredited IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) – AIMS measurer. Therefore, the timing certificate is valid in more than 400 distance running

Mahesh Bhupathi said, “I’m delighted to support the prestigious Bengaluru Midnight Marathon and I encourage everyone to be a participant in whatever way possible. Over the years, the marathon has remained true to its simple purpose and symbolizes the vision, vigor and vibrance of the city. I wish all participants the very best in this year’s event.”.

Blade Runner Shalini Saraswathi said, “I am honored to be associated with the Bangalore Midnight Marathon this year. 2.1% of India’s population are differently-abled, and it is our responsibility to help as many people as possible, through fundraising efforts, volunteer work and advocacy. I hope to see a record-breaking number of differently-abled runners also participate this year, and I am excited to be part of this initaitive.

Abhishek Mishra, President, Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor, 2018-2019 said, “With the launch of the 12th edition of the Bangalore Midnight Marathon, we would like to spread the spirit of altruism and help the differently-abled. We are proud to associate with Mahesh Bhupathi, whose passion and dedication towards sports has made him a fitness icon. Bangalore has radically changed over the last 12 years, but we are amazed to see thousands of people gather here every year to run the marathon. We would also like to thank all our sponsors for their support.” 

Rahul Chari, CTO & Co-Founder of PhonePe, said, "We are very excited to support this year's Bengaluru Midnight Marathon which champions the cause of the differently-abled. While PhonePe is a strong advocate of a fiscally healthy India, a physically healthy India is equally important and we believe the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is the right platform to promote that. We hope to see a lot of  Bengalureans participate in this premier event.

Date & Venue:

  • December 8-9 December, 2018, at KTPO, Whitefield, Bangalore
  • Individual events: 5k IT City Fun Run, Open 10k Run, Half and Full Marathon
  • AIRBUS Corporate Relay kick off at 9.45pm
  • New categories introduced: 5k for differently-abled & PrimeVP #FittestStartupChallenge
  • Pet-a-thon to be held on November 24, 2018
  • The winners’ purse this year will be over INR 12 Lakhs

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