Hyderabad, 31 July 2023: Hyderabad is all set to host two mega sporting events -- the prestigious IAU 50km World Championships 2023, which will be held for the first time in India, and the Ageas Federal Life Insurance Hyderabad Half Marathon 2023. Both events will take place on November 05, 2023.
The IAU 50km World Championships 2023, which is in affiliation with the International Association of Ultra Runners (IAU) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), and is organised by NEB Sports, will see participants from several countries, including the USA, Germany, Japan, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, and India.
It not only marks the first time that India will be hosting any Ultra Running World Championship but will also have open category entries from World Master Athletics, allowing individual runners to participate. The event is supported by the popular Hyderabad Runners, who have ignited the running culture in Hyderabad.
The Ageas Federal Life Insurance Hyderabad Half Marathon 2023, also organised by NEB Sports, has 3 different categories – 21.1K (Half Marathon), 10K and 5K. Sachin Tendulkar, Brand Ambassador of Ageas Federal, and Padma Bhushan Pullela Gopichand, will flag off each of the races. Rotary Club of Lake District, Moinabad will be the Social Service Partner for this edition and will be looking to raise funds for their cause.
“This is a historic moment for India, and we hope to create more excitement around the challenging but rewarding sport of ultra running. The IAU 50km World Championships 2023 will witness participation from top ultra runners across the world and we can expect a tough competition. It will also give an excellent platform for the Indians to compete with international runners at home,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said during a press conference.
“We have been steadily building the fitness movement across the country through our successful marathons and now, we are delighted to organise our first marathon in the City of Pearls – Hyderabad. We hope to see a great turn-out in November and we invite runners to register in large numbers along with their friends and family,” Erum Kidwai, Sr. Vice President-Marketing of Ageas Federal Life Insurance, said.
“It is a pride and pleasure for NEB Sports to host the 3rd IAU Championships in India. We are confident that the vibrant Hyderabad community will support and make this event a memorable one for all participants,” Nagaraj Adiga, Race Director and IAU Asia & Oceania Representative, said.
“After successfully hosting the IAU 100km Asia Oceania Championship in Bengaluru this July, we are extremely proud to bring the first-ever Ultra World Championships to India. We are seeing an increasing number of runners taking up this sport and through this prestigious event, we hope to further elevate the sport of ultra-running in the country,” Nadeem Khan, the IAU president, said.
“Rotary Club of Lake District Moinabad is proud to associate as Social Service partner with this prestigious one of its kind running event in Hyderabad. Health is one of the 7 core areas Rotary International focuses on, and 'movement' is a critical component of this objective. We look forward to a large number of registrations in this mega event,” Achala Kumar, President – RCLD, said.