Bangalore, Mar 26: More than 20,000 athletes from all over the world are expected to participate in the World's richest 'Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore' run, scheduled to be held here on May 25.
The US Dollar 150,000 dollars was expected to bring the world's best long distance runners and track and field stars to the Silicon Valley of India.
It would also give an opportunity for sports lovers to run on the footsteps of elite runners for a cause they believed in. It would also be a test of fitness and endurance-both physical and emotional, Mr Ravi Naware, Chief Executive of ITC Foods, one of the partners for the event, said at a press conference here today.
The event would be held in 'World 10 K Elite Men', 'World 10K Elite Women', 'Senior Citizens' Run' (4 Km), 'Wheelchair Event'(4Km), 'Open 10K Run' and 'Majja Run' (5.7 Km) categories. The winners in Elite Men and Women stand to gain US 18,000 dollars each.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi, MP, speaking on the occasion, said ''it is a great opportunity for serious and amateur runners from Bangalore and around the country to experience the rarified atmosphere that pervades an international sporting event.'' The event, certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), would be conducted under the aegis of the Athletics Federation of India and Karnataka Athletics Association and supported by the Karnataka Government and the Department of Youth Services and Sports.
Mr P K Tharakan, Adviser to the Karnataka Governor, KOA President Govindraju, Karnataka Athletics Association President Parameshwar were among those present at the press conference, in which Bollywood actor Dino Morea launched the logo (Sun) for the event.
The event would be telecast live on CNBC-TV18, IBN7 and Doordarshan National channels.