TCS World 10K Run – Bengaluru 2019 is fast approaching. It is on Sunday the 10th May 2019. Over 24,000 runners are set to take the road on the occasion.
Looking at the success of the Mumbai Marathon and the Delhi Half Marathon, Procam decided to spread the distance running revolution to the garden city of Bengaluru in 2008. Today, the event is the world’s richest 10 Km run and has seen participation from top elite athletes in the world.
The TCS World 10k Bengaluru has always excelled in ways beyond running. It has opened new doors for people to reach out to the less privileged of the society and encourages them to do their bit.
Mike Powell, Marie Jose Perec, Carl Lewis, Maria Mutola, Linford Christie are few of the big names in sports who have been the event ambassadors of the TCS World 10K, which is one of Bengaluru’s most eagerly awaited events. South superstar Puneeth Rajkumar is the face of the event.
TCS World 10K Bangalore :
The World 10K Bengaluru (Known as the TCS World 10K Bengaluru) for sponsorship reasons by Tata consultancy Services (TCS) is an annual 10 km running competition. The competition was first held in 20018 and usually takes place in late May. The first three editions were sponsored by Sunfeast (ITC Limited).
The race, which is certified by AIMS-certified, begins and ends at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, after looping through the roads of Bengaluru.
The different race categories at the event are:
- World 10K (participation restricted to International and National athletes)
- Open 10K (participation open to amateur runners)
- Majja Run (a 5.7 km run meant for fun runners)
- Senior Citizens’ Run (a 4.2 km run for Senior Citizens)
- the Champions with Disability event (a 4.2 km event for persons with disability).
In addition to this there also is a 10 km Corporate Champions category in which companies can field a team of 3 members and compete to achieve the best aggregate time.
Face of the event – Puneet Rajkumar :
He has been the face of TCSW10K since 2012.
Celebrating his continued association as the Face of the Event, Superstar Puneeth Rajkumar urged Bengaluru, to get on to the streets to Feel the Pride and sharing his thoughts, said, “The TCS World 10K over the years has encouraged a healthy lifestyle amongst all. But most importantly, the event has truly managed to bring the community together as a collective, a proud collective of hosts. It is this sense of belonging that we invite you to Feel the Pride in our city and call Bengaluru your home with pride.”
2019 TCS World 10K Run Event Ambassador – Arantxa Sanchez :
Former World No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez will be International Event Ambassador for TCSW10K Bengaluru. The Spanish legend who accumulated 14 Grand Slam titles – four singles, six doubles, and four mixed doubles is considered to be one of the most decorated Olympians in Spanish history winning four medals (two silver, two bronze).
At just 17, she reached the 1989 French Open final facing world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Steffi Graf. But she stunned one and all, and announced her arrival on the pro circuit, beating the German to win her first ever Grand Slam, becoming the youngest player ever to win the French Open.
Timings of the TCS World 10K run :
Start time : Women 7.10 am
Men 8.00 am
Start – Inside Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Finish – Inside Sree Kanteerava Stadium
The elite run will start fro the Sree Kanteerava Stadium and enter MG road through Kasturba road. Then it progress to Dickenson road and then Cubbon Road. It heads into the Cubbon Park along Vidhana Soudha, goes past the Central Library and returns to the stadium via Corporation circle.
Medical Partners :
Fortis Hospital are the official medical partners for the event. Around 220 medical personnel will be present at the race. There will be a base camp with 30 beds at the finish and two medical stations on the route.
Five doctors on bikes will the present along the route with 6 ambulances and 100 nurses. More than 100 doctors are running in the event.
Tata Consultancy to celebrate 10 years of association with TCS World 10K :
The 12th edition of the world’s premier Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K, the IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on May 19.
This year as well organizers are expecting the consistency of attracting the best elite runners as well as enthusiastic amateurs from across the globe.
Commenting on a 10 year long association with the run, Nagraj Ijari, Vice President & Head, TCS Bangalore Operations said, “We are always excited to be back – and this year is even more special, because this year we celebrate our tenth year of being associated with this event. An association we feel that has gone by so fast.”
“Within TCS we also take fitness very seriously, and have multiple initiatives that support that vision including Fit for Life, that encourages a lot of people to clock miles. And last financial year we our Bangalore offices clocked about 2.3 million kms among all our associates in Bangalore and are confident to doubling the number with 4.6 million kms already registered,” he added.
Eco-friendly TCS World 10K run :
TCS World 10K over the years has consciously taken steps to be an environmentally friendly and a 100 per cent waste managed race.
HasiruDala Innovations, a social enterprise-focused on creating better livelihoods for waste pickers will spear-head and advise on different eco-friendly alternatives to ensure efficient waste management and over-see last mile disposal and consequent recycling plans.
Beyond being a globally acclaimed sporting event that puts Bengaluru on an international racing calendar, the TCS World 10K today is also recognized for the phenomenal impact it creates in terms of social change through the Cubbon Park Rejuvenation Program, Madiwalla Urban Forest and being the largest sporting charity platform in South India. This is what makes Bengalureans proud hosts of a race that is a celebration of sport and spirit of the city.
Women’s marathon world champion to run in Bengaluru World 10K :
World champion and Asian Games marathon gold medallist Rose Chelimo of Bahrain will be one of the title contenders in the TATA Consultancy Services World 10K race here on May 19.
A total of 17 gold label athletes, nine men and eight women, will be seen at the starting line for the race. Seven of the 12 international elite men have personal best timings which are below the course record of 27:44 set by Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.
Four of the 10 international elite women also have their personal best below the course record of 31:19 set by Agnes Tirop in the last edition. The Kenyan is returning to the city to defend her title.
Majja run and senior category run :
Among the participants, 6,046 will take part in the open 10k (10,000 metres) marathon, with 95 of the world’s best track and field athletes, road and amateur runners.
“Of the total, 6,595 are participating in the 5.7-km Majja run fun category, while 873 senior citizens and 723 in the physically challenged categories,” TCS Bengaluru head Nagaraj Nagaraj Ljari told reporters.
Head-to-head races expected:
The 12th edition of the TCS World 10K promises to deliver enthralling head-to-head competition after the elite fields for the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday 19 May were announced.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Koech and Vincent Kiprotich Kibet finished 2018 as the third and fifth fastest men over 10km in the world last year with 27:18 and 27:21 respectively, both times considerably faster than the Bengaluru course record of 27:44 set by their compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.
Kenya’s Agnes Tirop returns to the Garden City to defend the title – a feat never achieved before in the women’s race since the TCS World 10K was inaugurated in 2008 – she won last year. In 2018, Tirop set a course record of 31:19 after managing to shake off Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi with just 250 metres to go.
The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019 has a total prize fund of US$213,000, with the men’s and women’s winners taking home US$26,000.