Even as the city gets restless for World Champion Kenensia Bekele, a lucky few may still have a chance to be at the starting line of the TSK 25K even though registration has closed for a good seven days now.
Distance Running is a mass participative sport and an event of this stature and scale requires massive coordination between all the stake holders at various levels to ensure an enhanced running experience for all participants. For the fourth edition of the event, Procam International, promoters of the event,outlined the race day arrangements, medical facilities and unveiled the route map for the event.
Present on the occasion were Hugh Jones, Race Director,Dr Sanjukta Dutta, Medical Director TSK25K and Head Emergency Fortis Hospital, Prasun Mukherjee, President West Bengal Athletic Association, Solomon Nessakumar, Dy Commissioner Traffic Kolkata and Vivek Singh, Jt MD, Procam International.
Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Singh, Jt MD, Procam International said, “ The response from the city has been phenomenal and the registrations figures reflect that. We are currently full with the registrations for the 10K, 25K and senior citizens category. A few spaces are available for the Ananda Run and the Champions for Disability run. So by race day we should be looking around at some 15,000 participants. We would like to thank all our partners including the Kolkata Police and Debashish Kumar, who havesupported the event since its inception and contributing to the success of TSK25K.
Adding to this Race Director, Hugh Jones said, “I’ve been involved with Procam and the events in India since 2004 and it is wonderful to see the scale and growth of this event. This year is a big step for us with all the international athletes and specially Bekele making his running debut in India. I am sure with the right weather conditions, it is going to be a race to remember.”
Fortis Hospital have been partnering TSK 25K for the last three years and have been impeccable in giving medical attention to the runners. This year the arrangements are even bigger as the race goes international.
“It is wonderful to be the medical partner for TSK25K 2017 for the third consecutive year. Kolkata is not considered a very athletic city. The people of this city are running marathon with such enthusiasm and the number of participants are increasing every year which itself is amazing. TSK25K is definitely one of the best platforms for encouraging healthy lifestyle among people in Kolkata. Our medics are committed to treat injuries and prevent any form serious medical consequences during the run. Our doctors will be on the bikes and promptly provide any medical help needed to the runners throughout the route. We shall also be having our ACLS Ambulances standby at strategic locations for any further eventuality along with our trained team of 80 medics and paramedics manning the 25K route,” said Dr Sanjukta Dutta, Head – Emergency Services, Fortis Hospital.
Highlights of Race Day Arrangements:
- Quantity of Bisleri Water:51390 Ltrs.
- 30,000 ORSL Tetra packs will be distributed on special energy restoration stations.
- There will be 5 Nestle refreshment zones from where Oranges will be given to the runners to keep them hydrated.
- Arrangements have been made for a total of 150 Porta Pottys, from which 60 will be distributed in the holding areas at Red Road, while 40 will be stationed along the route.
- Six Medical Stations on route & 1 Base Stations.
- Doctors on Duty: 50 Doctors, 50 Physiotherapists & 100 plus Nurses.
- Security Guards: Around 1000 throughout the event.
- 100 Bouncers, 30 CC TV Cameras
- Volunteers: More Than 1300
Solomon Nessakumar, Dy Commissioner Traffic Kolkata who was also present said, “It’s an honour for the city that this year TSK25K has gone international and so many acclaimed sports people are part of the event. Within our infrastructure limitations, we have managed to create and international course for all the runners. From our end we are making sure that the race goes smooth and the traffic is not affected across the 25km course.”
Nestlé Present’s Mirchi Get Active Health & Fitness Expo’will give an opportunity for participants to still register in the Ananda run and Champions with Disability. The Expo will be conducted from December 14 to 16 between 11 am and 7 pm (Thursday & Friday) and 11 am to 5pm on Saturday at KhudiramAnushilan Kendra. The expo is a one-stop destination for runners and a unique opportunity for health, fitness and well-being enthusiasts to come together under one roof.
Registered participants will also get a chance to meet Event Ambassador Sourav Ganguly on Thursday, 14th Dec at 4.30 pm and TSK 25K International Event Ambassador Mike Powell on Saturday, 16th Dec at 11.00 am.
Race Start Timings
|Race Category||Start Time|
|25K Elite||6.40 am|
|25K Amateur||6.45 am|
|10K Police Cup||7.00 am|
|10K Open||7.10 am|
|Champions with Disability &
Senior Citizen’s Run 2km
|Ananda Run 5km||9.10 am|