Chennai: The Chennai Runners, a not-for-profit organizationrun by passionate runner-volunteers since 2006, and Freshworks Inc., the global software service company from Chennai, on Tuesday announced the 11th edition of the Freshworks Chennai Marathon to be held on Sunday January 8, 2023.
More than 20,000 runners is expected to take part in the marathon that included corporate honchos and thousands of running enthusiasts.
A special T-Shirt for the marathon and medals for participants were unveiled, at a media conference held today.
Freshworks Chennai Marathon 2023, powered by Chennai Runners, thelargest running event in Chennai and the second-largest marathon in India,will comprise four events for men and women including, a Full Marathon (42.195 km)– the flagship event–the Perfect 20 Miler (32.186 km), the Half Marathon (21.097 km) and the 10 km Run.
A few unique points of this years marathon includes over 20,000 participants, for the first time ever 30 debutant runners with visual impairment, 50 blade runners and 50 wheelchair runners.
The event is all set to come back to Chennai city as the Full Marathon will be flagged off at the iconic Napier Bridge on the Marina Beach, and run through the scenic beach route towards the Lighthouse and pass through Perungudi, Sholinganallur, Akkarai Beach Junction, Mayajal and MGM.
This year’s marathon will have two start points, Napier Bridge and Elliot’s Beach. While the Full Marathon, the Perfect 20 Miler and the 10 km Run will start from Napier Bridge, Elliot’s Beach will be the starting point for the Half Marathon.
The event seeks to increase awareness of Type-1 diabetics and intends to raise funds for people with insulin needs thereby supporting monthly needs of Rs.12,000-18,000 towards their insulin expenses.
The Marathon 2023 will bring together a host of Chennai-based brands as partners. Gold Winner will be the Health Partner, Baashyaam as Lifestyle Partner, Sundaram Finance Group (Silver Partner), Chennai Metro Rail Corporation (Metro Partner), Apollo Hospitals (Medical Partner) and CR Volunteers will be the First Responders.
The Marathon is also thankful for the support of the Greater ChennaiPolice Commissioner, Greater Chennai Traffic Police, Tambaram Commissionerate, TNAA, the People of Chennai, and the vibrant running community of Chennai.
Freshworks Chennai Marathon 2023 will be a zero-waste marathonand has roped in Urbaser Sumeet as a partner for recycling and waste audits.
Talking to reporters, Race Director V P Senthil Kumar said, “the 11th edition of the Freshworks Chennai Marathon promises to be bigger and better and is back in Chennai city to inspire the people and encourage social transformation for a better tomorrow.”
“With the support from all our sponsors and partners, we have left no stone unturned to create a great running experience for the participants. The Chennai Marathon now ranks among the most popular sporting events in India. It has increased in scale, importance and popularity and now regularly attracts participation from international athletes and we are expecting to deliver a power packed event this year as well”, he said.