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5th Airtel Hyderabad Marathon Press Meet

Hyderabad Runners Society and Bharti Airtei today announced their association with Digital Telangana, an initiative of Govt of Telangana for 5th Edition of Airtei Hyderabad Marathon.

The Government is keen to support the annual sporting event being organized by Hyderabad Runners Society.

The 2015 leg of this annual sporting extravaganza will be held on 30* August and participation from 14,000 runners is expected. Considered to be among the leading city marathons in India, this sporting event also marks the beginning of the Marathon Week and aims to bring the 425 year old historic city of Hyderabad alive!!

Shri. K. T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for IT & Communications & Panchayat Raj - Govt, of Telangana, Mr. Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtei - Andhra Pradesh & Telangana & Dr. Murali Nannapaneni, Race Director, Airtei Hyderabad Marathon were present at the event
As one of the best and highly rated marathon events in India returns for the fifth year, 14,000 runners, health & fitness enthusiasts, volunteers, medical personnel and police join this sporting extravaganza for curtain raiser — 3K & 5K run on August 29th and 10K, Half Marathon (21.095 kms) & Full Marathon (42.195) on August 30th 2015.

For the second time in a row, there will be a 36 hours run by Mr. Arun Bhardwaj on treadmill. An ultramarathon runner, Bhardwaj became the first Indian to win a 567km six-day race at Hekpoort in South Africa in 2010.

Shri. K. T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for IT & Communications & Panchayat Raj - Govt, of Telangana, said “We are delighted to announce Digital Telangana at this forum. This is going to be a flagship program of Government of Telangana with a theme ‘Internet for all’ & *Ushering in Digital Democracy’. We aim to further develop digital infrastructure and deliver more citizen services under digital realm ”
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Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Murali Nannapaneni, Race Director - Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, said, “We are extremely delighted to announce the association with Govt, of Telangana for 5th edition of Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. We thank all our sponsors and partners for extending their support for the largest sporting & social event in Hyderabad. In this edition, we have focused on significantly increasing runner safety & amenities, course entertainment and volunteers, as well as the overall experience. We would request to the people of Hyderabad to come and support / cheer runners and be a part of such a massive event. ”

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel - Andhra Pradesh & Telangana said, “Airtel Hyderabad Marathon has moved on from being just a sporting event to being the city’s most anticipated festival. Over the last 5 years, we have been happy to lend our unstinted support to this movement and help it grow into one of the city’s and the country’s favorite marathons. We are just 5 days away from experiencing the adventure, magic andjoy of yet another AHM. We encourage the citizens of Hyderabad to come out in large numbers to cheer and go the distance. ”

Our Sponsors are: Digital Telangana - Associate Sponsor, Daikin India - Cooling Partner, State Bank of Hyderabad - Banking Partner, Kinley - Hydration Partner, Nise Gel - Pain Relief Partner, Lemon Tree Hotels - Hospitality Partner, Care Hospitals - Medical Partner, Performax - Sports Partner, Red FM 93.5 - Radio Partner, Eventjini - Events Registration Partner, Core Fitness Station - Fitness Partner, Pragati Offset Printers - Print Partner, Seal Infotech, Reitz India, ITC Paperboards, Dabur and Hyderabad Inflatables.
The Government institutions that are supporting include: GHMC, HMDA, Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police, University Of Hyderabad, Sports Authority of Telangana State. It is also supported by: GHAC - Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, Yo Grad, Waste Warriors, Vowels, Vitamin E.
Hyderabad Runners is committed to support those in need leveraging the annual Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. We expect to raise substantial amount of money towards charities like Is ha Vidhya, Waste Warriors, Asha, and Desire Society. Soles for Souls and support the needy.
Hyderabad Runners, the event organizer, aims to promote running as the preferred form of fitness to achieve active & healthy lifestyle. The Full and Half Marathon covering a distance of 42.195 and 21.095 kms will traverse the important landmarks in the city giving the runners a picturesque view of the Hussain Sagar Lake, IT & Knowledge hub of HiTec City & Gachibowli while spreading the healthy lifestyle theme among Hyderabad denizens.

About Digital Telangana:

An ambitious flagship program of Government of Telangana, aimed at digital empowerment goes by the taglines ''Internet for all’ & ‘Ushering in Digital Democracy’ aims at putting in place digital infrastructure and delivering more citizen services under digital realm. On the supply side of the programme, Optical Fiber Cables would be laid piggybacking on the Telangana Drinking Water Grid that will usher in e-panchayats & OSS (One Stop Shops) in due course. The government is already providing Wi-Fi in major cities and towns while bringing in 4G services across the State.

On the demand side, Digital Telangana will make at least one member of every household digitally literate, introduce computer courses in schools, expand the services offered under Mee-Seva and deliver them on mobile platforms and finally, identify technological solutions to government agencies for increased efficiency. The Government has already taken some decisive steps in realizing the stated objectives under Digital Telangana and conducted Digital Telangana Week from 1st"?* July to create awareness among people.

Visit Telangana IT E&C Department’s resources http://www.it.telangana.gov.in/. www.fb.com/itministertelangana,www.twitter.com/MinIT Telangana and www.voutube.com/itininistertelangana for more details.

About Hyderabad Runners:

Airtel Hyderabad Marathon today might have become synonymous with many things which are Hyderabadi. It owes the current status to the vision, passion and hard work of the members of Hyderabad Runners, the team that had introduced this mammoth racing extravaganza to the city of Hyderabad.

Founded in 2007, a good four years before the Marathon began to run across Hyderabad, the group currently has around 3200 members.

The members dedicated its endeavour to inculcate community running culture in the city and roping in people from all walks of life. The baby steps covered shorter runs before the half and full marathons made their place on the map.

Their Mission is to promote active lifestyles amongst the public and make running as the preferred form of fitness activity in and around the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
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ABOUT US
Hyderabad Runners Society, or HR as it is commonly known, is a running group based out of Hyderabad. We are a diverse group that includes competitive and casual runners from all walks of lives, age, gender, abilities and skills.
HISTORY
Hyderabad Runners Society is a not-for-profit, volunteer based running club open to anyone with an interest in healthy lifestyle and the benefits of regular exercise. Started in the year 2007 by a small group of runners who shared a passion for running, we have grown to become one of the largest running groups in India with a membership size of over 3200.
OBJECTIVES
The Hyderabad Runners believe in:
• Creating an active lifestyle amongst the public
• Make running as the most preferred form of fitness

• Discovering Yourself
WHAT WE DO

The group is active all through the year and ever since the group started/ we have organized numerous training runs, conducted workshops, organised clinics imparting knowledge on various aspects of running and encouraged people lead an active lifestyle. From 5 km run to ultra-marathons to the demanding Ironman distances - the members of the group have done it ail. Our members have participated in races across 6 continents including the world marathon majors; Boston, London, New York, Berlin, Chicago and Tokyo.

Hyderabad Runners also support charities and school based running programs to help kids adopt fitness from a young age. The group members give countless hours of volunteer support in executing all these initiatives.

The Hyderabad Runners created and organize their annual flagship event Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, which has earned the reputation of being one of India's largest and well organised marathons. It also is the season opener for marathons across the nation.

We are united by our enthusiasm for running, and we invite both novices and experienced runners to join us.
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