Mangaluru, Feb 19, 2017: The break of dawn today saw Mangala Stadium in the city becoming a hub of activity as over 15,000 enthusiastic runners converged to set off the famous annual Nitte marathon. The half marathon and 10 kms run saw runners of all ages dashing out to the streets prompted the official flag off by city Mayor Harinath and Nitte University Chancellor N. Vinay Hegde in the wee hours of the morning. Nitte Mangaluru Marathon is organized by Nitte University along with DK Athletics Association. Athletes Anil Shetty and Shridhar Alva served as the brand ambassadors for the mega event. Participation by over 15,000 enthusiasts is said to be new record for the city.
Nitte Mangaluru Marathon was held in different categories like 5 km for high school boys, 5 km for college boys, 3 km for college girls, 21 km (half marathon) for men, women and seniors (46-60 years), 3 km for high school girls, special race for the differently-abled, 3 km run for primary students (boys), and 2 km for primary students (girls). There were also 10 km run for men, women, and for senior citizens (in men and women categories) above 61 years of age.
The half marathon route commencing from Mangala Stadium traversed Mannagudda, New Chitra, old Balaji theatre, Bunder, Rao and Rao Circle, Hampankatta, KS Rao Road, PVS Circle, Lalbagh, Bejai Kapikad, Kuntikan, Derebail, Kavoor, Bondel and back the same route upto Lalbagh, and then to the stadium. The 10 km run took a U-turn at Kuntikan road and back to the stadium. The 5 km run took a left turn at old Balaji theatre, went towards Sharavu temple, KS Rao Road, PVS circle, Lalbagh, and return to the stadium.
"I am happy that the marathon has been successful. This is the 5th edition of the marathon and more young people have taken part. Today we have set a new record with participation by 15000 runners, which is next only to the Bengaluru Marathon,” said Vinay Hegde while addressing the runners at the closing ceremony.
Many VIPs and well known personalities of the city including Nitte University Pro Chancellor Dr. M. Shantharam Shetty, former Mayors Shashidhar Hegde and Mahabala Marla, former Mandd Sobhann President Louis J. Pinto, chairman of Sahyadri Education Foundation Manjunath Bhandary, body builder Raymond D’souza were seen at the event.