Bangalore, India (PressExposure) May 27, 2009 -- The second edition of Sunfeast 10K Marathon is all set to take off from Kanteerava stadium of Bangalore on the morning of May 31.
Procam International, the organisers of the run, are expecting a mind-boggling 22,000 runners to take the field on the D-Day. They say just the online registrations are in excess of 15,000 already and they are being swamped by on-the-spot registrations.
Big names, big money
Some really big names of international athletics are in fray this time hoping for a chunk of the US $155,000 prize money.
Some of the confirmed male athletes expected to participate include Rwanda's Dieudonne Disi, Uganda's Boniface Kiprop, Tanzania's Fabiano Joseph, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich and Ethiopia's Bazu Worku.
Among the women, joint defending champion Grace Momanyi of Kenya will have to contend with countrywoman Peninah Arusei, Russian Marina Ivanova, Ethiopia's Aselefech Mergia and Holland's Hilda Kibet, to name a few.
Ian Ladbrooke, the coordinator for elite athletes for this event, says a strong field means the last year's records, both men and women, will tumble.
And what can be more exciting than a record-breaking athletic event?
A touch of Greene
The American sprint legend, former world and Olympic champion Maurice Greene is the event ambassador for this edition of Sunfeast 10K Run. Greene will be in Bangalore in the days leading up to the event and meet and interact with the participants, the media as well as the sponsors and partners of the event.
"India is fast emerging as one of the leading long-distance running destinations of the world and I am looking forward to interacting with running enthusiasts in Bangalore," says Greene.
He also added, "I hope my visit helps inspire the young and budding athletes to work harder and achieve glory."
Corporate care teams and charity champs Corporates have stepped forward in a big way to help raise funds for various charities and causes. Accenture, HP, KPMG, Nike, UMECS are some of the big names who have pledged support.
About 92 NGO have registered with Bangalore Cares, the official charity partner for the event, to raise money for their causes.