Chennai Runners, a group that promotes running in Chennai for the past six years announced The Wipro Chennai Marathon (TWCM) 2012 to be held at IIT Madras on December 2, 2012. The inaugural marathon, which would cover 42 km, is expected to have around 5,000 runners participating in the event. Wipro Technologies will be the title sponsor along with Apollo hospitals and United Way of Chennai.
This year, the marathon, TWCM 2012, promises to provide runners with technology support such as RFID-based (Radio-frequency identification) timing technology.
Speaking on the occasion V P Senthil Kumar, race director, Chennai Marathon said, “It has been our vision to host one of the world’s best marathons in Chennai. With Wipro as our title and technology partner, we can see a fruition of our vision. We are convinced that their support and expertise in the technology arena will help us heighten the race-day experience for the participants.”
Lakshmi Naryanan, chairman of United Way Chennai, said, “United Way is proud to be associated with The Wipro Chennai Marathon 2012. The Chennai marathon is for creating livelihood for physically challenged men and women. We will do the running for them, so that they can better run their lives.”
Chennai Runners, founded in 2006, is an informal group of people who share a passion for running, is over 1,000 people strong now. The group has conducted several half marathons including 10 km and 5 km events in the past few years and has now associated with Wipro to bring a world class marathon event to Chennai.
United Way of Chennai works for the increased quality of life of the underprivileged in the areas of health, education and livelihood.
Show Space, an event management organisation based out of Chennai has been roped in and is actively involved in managing and promoting the Wipro Chennai Marathon.