Rajkot Marathon 2017 was jointly organised by the RMC and Rajkot city police. Commissioner of police Anupamsinh Gehlot is the chairman of the organising committee.
The famous leading personalities of Rajkot have taken up the responsibility in the conduction of the event on that day. The famous cricketer- Cheteshwar Pujara has been nominated the Brand Ambassador for Rajkot Marathon. The Marathon is divided into six categories-Full Marathon of 42 kms, Half Marathon of 21 kms, Dream Run of 10 kms, Rangeela Rajkot Run for 5 kms., Senior Citizen Run for 2.5 kms and Special Run for 1 km. Different committees have been formed for the same who will be looking after the smooth functioning of the event from Registration to Execution.
The previous edition was a half-marathon and around 37,000 people had participated in it. Pani, who is joint chairman of organising committee of the Rajkot Marathon 2017, said that 299 people have registered for the full marathon, 2,292 for the half-marathon and 4,571 for the 10-km long Dream Run. The bulk of registrations — 54,739 — were done for the Rangeela Rajkot Run, a non-competitive 5-km run. Besides 569 senior citizens, 1,124 differently-abled have also sent their entries.
And as expected the crowd also came out in large numbers on cool Sunday morning. The atmosphere was electrifying with various types of entertainment that kept motivating the participants. Lots of selfie’s taken and as they say no event is complete for Gujju’s without garba.
MANJU YADAV, a 23-year-old woman from Bhopal, outpaced two international women athletes and pre-race favourites to clinch the title in half-marathon at the Rajkot Marathon, 2017 even other Indian racers also made their way on the leader-boards dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians, in Rajkot on Sunday. Powered by a solid start, Yadav steamed home in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 50 seconds as crowd cheered her near the finish line at the Athletics Ground in Race Course of Rajkot. Hargewoin Mengistu Tirunehe, the pre-race favourite from Ethiopia, with a career best timing of 1:33 hours, and Brigid Jereno Kimitwai of Kenya, the first runner-up here last year, kept their pace with Yadav for most part of the race. However, they faded away in the last stretch of the race as Yadav found the extra drive to keep going.
On her way to winning the title of women’s half marathon in Rajkot, Yadav also set a new race record. Her timing of 1:19:56 is 93 seconds off the mark of 1:20:43 set by Estegenet Mola Zegeye of Ethiopia at the inaugural Rajkot Marathon in 2016.
In men’s category, Hosea Anesomuk Nailel of Kenya bagged the top honours by coming home in 1:06:55, pipping Ethiopian rival Habtamu Tsema Chukala and compatriot Vincent Kiprotich Koech. Hosea said that the victor was sweet after finishing fourth at Pune International Marathon last Sunday (29-01-2017) where he had run full marathon, but had preferred to run half-marathon here. But his timing was around three minutes more than 1:04:02 mark set by Simion Kiplagat of Kenya here last year.
But sanity prevailed in full marathon, which the city was hosting for the first time, as Kenyans and Ethiopians bagged top honours. Gladys Jepkechei Tarus of Kenya won the women’s title as she rallied home in 2:44:07 and was followed by Brtukan Adeba Berihun of Ethiopia, who finished the race in 2:45:24.
In the men’s full marathon, Kenya’s Philip Yiego Kipkurgat faced tough competition from fellow Kenyan Edwin Cheruiyot Rutto. Initially, Rutto was leading but 37-year-old Kipkurgat overtook him after 25 km. The younger Rutto kept pace with the leader, but Kipkurgat edged him at the finish line and came home in 2:19:54. Rutto crossed the line three seconds later.
Bhopal woman wins Rajkot half-marathon