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 Calicut Half Marathon 2020 concludes; International runners take home top honors

The 11th edition of Calicut Half Marathon, organised by IIM Kozhikode in association with Peekay Steel concluded here today as Kozhikode city witnessed participation from more than 5000 enthusiastic runners from all walks of life.  The marathon, with “Pursuit of Happiness: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” as the theme of this year was dominated by International runners (Kenya, Ethiopia) which is a sign of the growing popularity of the marquee event of Calicut city which completes more than a decade of its mission to contribute to the richness of this vibrant city.

The winners of the three race categories are as under:

21 KM Half Marathon (Men):

  • Atlaw Debebe (Timing – 1:08:13) – Cash Prize 50,000 INR + Vouchers worth 20,000 INR
  • Victor Vachina (1:08:35) – Cash Prize 20,000 INR
  • Japhet Rono (1:09:06)- Cash Prize 10,000 INR


21 KM Half Marathon (Women):

  • Bhirtugar  Nagosh Shivage (1:28:07)- Cash Prize 50,000 INR + Vouchers worth 20,000 INR
  • Lilian Chelimo (1:30:46)- Cash Prize 20,000 INR
  • Sandhya Kj (1:31:46) – Cash Prize 10,000 INR


10 KM Half Marathon (Men):

  • Mikiyas Yemata (33:19)- Cash Prize 50,000 INR + Vouchers worth 17,500 INR
  • Rohit Verma (33:26)- Cash Prize 20,000 INR
  • Pravesh (34:02)- Cash Prize 10,000 INR


10 KM Half Marathon (Women):

  • Jackline Jeppenli (40:08)- Cash Prize 50,000 INR + Vouchers worth 17,500 INR
  • Aasa TP (40:25)- Cash Prize 20,000 INR
  • Gargi Sharma (41:35)- Cash Prize 10,000 INR



Besides this, participant winners from age group of 45+ (men and women) were also awarded separately with Rs 10,000 INR and a special ‘The Spirit of the Run’ was awarded to the oldest participant  Dasan Nair (67 Years).


Earlier, after the flag-off of the Marathon this morning, Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode, felicitated Arjuna Awardee Babita  Phogat with IIMK’s ‘National Excellence Award’ to mark the 11th edition of Peekay Steel Calicut Half Marathon. The award is a replica of the ‘Arise Arjuna’ statue present at IIM Kozhikodeand was instituted last year, which was then conferred on Dr Deepa Malik, who was the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games. Speaking on the occasion, Prof.Chatterjee lauded the efforts of the event organisers and appreciated the citizens of Calicut for their enthusiastic response to this year’s edition of Calicut Half Marathon. He added, ” Babita Phogat is a role model for youngsters across the globe and it gives us immense belief that her presence here will mark a new beginning in the future of the Calicut Marathon. IIM Kozhikode has always believed that women are the driving force behind society’s acceptance of social causes and the astounding presence of women participants here at the event is a testimony to that. ”

Supporting this cause were multiple dignitaries which included Chief Guest IAS,  Priyanka G IAS (Sub Collector ),  was the chief guest.

About Calicut Half Marathon 2020

Over the past ten years, the Marathon has been taking up a unique cause every year- having focused on critical issues of United Kerala, women empowerment, rights of differently-abled people, waste management, organ donation, healthy living and eco- friendliness in the past. The marathon featured three categories, a 21 km Half Marathon, a 10 km Mini-Marathon which are competitive races and a 3 km “Dream Run”, a non‐competitive run featuring people from all walks of life. The total prize money for the event is worth INR 4.7 lakhs.

About Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Started in 1997 with its Postgraduate Programme (PGP), the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) is on a high growth trajectory today, offering widest range of academic programmes in the field of management education. These include Fellow Programme in Management, Executive PG Programmes, Management Development Programmes and Faculty Development Programmes. IIMK set up a Satellite campus at Infopark, Kochi, in 2013 dedicated to Executive Education. IIMK has also the unique distinction of launching a PhD (Practice Track) programme for working professionals besides bringing in new dynamic courses in Women Leadership, MBA in Business Leadership (2019) MS-Finance and MBA in Liberal Studies & Management (2020). The institute is also home to IIMK LIVE a first-of-its-kind startup incubation programme and the Indian Business Museum.

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