Come December 5, at least 32,000 Chinese will make a midnight dash along with namma Bengalureans. This unique trans-national endeavour is the highlight of the ninth edition of the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon (BMM) set to kick off at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization Convention Centre (KTPO), Whitefield.
The Chinese participants will take part in the run in China.
The tie-up with such a large number of people from the neighbouring country, quite unprecedented in India, has been made possible with BMM partnering with Codoon, a Chinese social sports app firm.
Gul Akbar, race director of BMM, said by December 5, they expect the number of participants from China to climb to 50,000. “Runners will activate an app on their mobile phone and run the distance. The distance and time taken will be tracked and those who complete the 10K, Half or Full Marat hon will be given BMM finisher medals. As this is the first event of its kind between the two nations, excitement is building up all across China. Many of them are checking out Bengaluru and India on the internet. We already have athletes from China registering to come over and run here in Bengaluru and we expect the number to grow in the years to come. As the friendship and camaraderie builds up, we have messages from them saying, ‘We have watched PK (the Aamir Khan movie),” he added.
Viraf Sutaria, chairman, BMM, said the event is also one of the two marathons in India to have received international recognition and membership from the world body , AIMS-IAAF (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The theme for BMM, organized by Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor, this time is ‘Run for Happy Bengaluru‘.
As a run-up to the December 5 marathon, an annual CXO Mile Run for corporate leaders of Bengaluru was held on Sunday.