Port Blair, Jan 22: The Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry(ACCI), Port Blair has initiated an annual event, which is now in its 8th year, titled ‘Andaman Marathon’ with the objective to put the Andaman Islands in the global tourism map to promote and create awareness for a healthy life-style.
This year ACCI’s tag line will be “Swachh Andaman” to create awareness among islander to keep Andaman and Nicobar Islands clean. “The event is being organized in association with the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. Over the years, the event has generated substantial interest not only in the islands but also in other parts of the country as well as internationally,” M Girish Arora the President of ACCI told reporters today.
Lt. Governor Admiral DK Joshi, (Retd), A&N Islands will flag-off the event from the historic Cellular Jail on February 3 at 0515 hours and also distribute the prizes to the winners at 0730 hours at the Netaji Stadium.
“The Brand Ambassador Rahul Bose noted film actor and sports enthusiast and Major D.P. Singh who is a retired officer of the Indian Army will also participate in the Andaman Marathon 2019. Major DP Singh is a Kargil War veteran and is known as the India's first blade runner,” Mr Arora added.
All arrangements for conducting the Andaman Marathon 2019 on February 3 is going on in full swing. This year ACCI is expecting more than 1600 participants. Andaman Marathon has four events - Half Marathon(21K) – male & female; 10K -male & female; 10 K for seniors - male & female and 10 K - Boys & Girls at a total prize money of Rs. 8.70 lakhs.
Half Marathon (21 K) is open to all Indians whereas 10K, 10K seniors (50 years for men and 40 years for women) and 10K boys & girls (14 -18 years) are open to only Islanders.
“The definition of Islander for this purpose would be residents of the Islands including people who are posted/working or studying. The prize money has been restricted to Indian Nationals/Islanders only. The cut off date for age calculation is February 3.
Parent’s/Gurdian’s consent is must for 10 K boys & Girls and ID proof of age is required for registration of all the events,” he said. (UNI)