Kochi, 15th November 2015: Over 2300 runners participated in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon 2015 at KK Premchandran Ground, Kochi. Taking the starting line at 4am, 175 Full Marathoners set off along the most scenic marathon route through Kochi. The full marathon race was flagged off by Mr. Paul Anthony, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust and senior-most IAS officer. The Half Marathon flagged off at 5am, with approximately 800 participants crossing the starting line. Clearly a crowd favourite, the Family Fun Run (5km) was flagged off at 7am with almost 1500 participants including children out with their families.
The race also saw more than 19 blade runners led by Kargil war hero, Major D P Singh and his group, The Challenging Ones (TCO). Whilst Major DP Singh ran the half marathon, his team-mates, hailing from different parts of the country, wearing their blades and prosthetic limbs were taking part in their first 5k, the first ever running event after their limbs were amputated. The presence of The Challenging Ones received a huge round of applause from the massive crowd present on the ground, all feeling humbled by the sheer presence and iron will of the amputee group.
List of winners across categories is as given below:
Male – Full Marathon (42.1km): Vijayaraghavan Venugopal won the title (3:14:37), Brijesh Gajera runner-up (3:21:31) and Sankarnarayanan Venkatraman 3rd position (3:24:05) (42.1km)
Women – Full Marathon (42.1km):Claire Briggs won the title (4:35:44), Ankita Verma runner-up (5:02:380), and Alysia Sawicka 3rd position (5:09:41)
Male – Half Marathon (21.1km):Vijesh V won the title (1:19:07), Avinesh Kumar runner-up (1:23:31) and Velmurugan Kumar 3rd position (1:27:11)
Women – Half Marathon (21.1km):Lakshmi Nair won the title (2:00:47), Shamala Manmohan runner-up (2:02:20), Babita Baruwati 3rd position (2:07:17)
15 teams comprising of 4 each took part in the Corporate Relay, with Suyati taking the 1st and 3rd positions, and Fragomen coming on 2nd position. The team members were a happy lot representing their companies with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Gathered at the KK Premchandran Ground in Kochi, hundreds were seen wearing the ‘finishers’ medal especially created from coir, making this not only the most scenic destination marathon in India, but also a ‘green’ marathon.
Handing out the prizes across categories, Vighnesh Shahane, CEO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance said, “It has been an exhilarating experience for all of us here. Months of planning and hard work have resulted in this super successful event. We are delighted to partner the Soles of Cochin in extending their passion into a running movement in and around Kochi. We are confident this partnership will continue to grow!”
About IDBI Federal Life Insurance
IDBI Federal Life Insurance is one of India’s growing life insurance companies and offers a diverse range of wealth management, protection and retirement solutions to individual and corporate customers.
IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd is a joint-venture of IDBI Bank, India’s premier development and commercial bank, Federal Bank, one of India’s leading private sector banks and Ageas, a multinational insurance giant based out of Europe. Having commenced operations in 2008, IDBI Federal was able to achieve breakeven within just 5 years; the Company’s passion for innovation and growth helped it achieve this feat. Through a nationwide network of 2, 964 branches of IDBI Bank and Federal Bank, and a sizeable network of advisors and partners, IDBI Federal Life Insurance has achieved presence across the length and breadth of the country. As on March 31, 2015, the company has issued nearly 7.88 lakh policies with a sum assured of over Rs. 41,856 crore. IDBI Federal Life Insurance has total assets under management of 4,087 crore and a robust capital base of over 800 crores, as on March 31, 2015.To know more, visit www.idbifederal.com.
About the sponsors of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd
IDBI Bank Ltd. continues to be, since its inception, India’s premier industrial development bank. It came into being as on July 01, 1964 to support India’s industrial backbone. Today, it is amongst India’s foremost commercial banks, with a wide range of innovative products and services, serving retail and corporate customers in all corners of the country from 1389 branches and 2301 ATMs. The Bank offers its customers an extensive range of diversified services including project finance, term lending, working capital facilities, lease finance, venture capital, loan syndication, corporate advisory services and legal and technical advisory services to its corporate clients as well as mortgages and personal loans to its retail clients. As part of its development activities, IDBI Bank has been instrumental in sponsoring the development of key institutions involved in India’s financial sector – National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and National Securities Depository Ltd, SHCIL (Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd), CARE (Credit Analysis and Research Ltd).
To know more, visit www.idbibank.com.
Federal Bank is one of India’s leading private sector banks, with a dominant presence in the state of Kerala. It has a strong network of over 1,142 branches and 1,312 ATMs spread across India. The bank provides over four million retail customers with a wide variety of financial products. Federal Bank is one of the first large Indian banks to have an entirely automated and interconnected branch network. In addition to interconnected branches and ATMs, the Bank has a wide range of services like Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, Tele Banking, Any Where Banking, debit cards, online bill payment and call centre facilities to offer round the clock banking convenience to its customers. The Bank has been a pioneer in providing innovative technological solutions to its customers and the Bank has won several awards and recommendations.
To know more, visit www.federalbank.co.in
Ageas is an international insurance group with a heritage spanning 190 years. Ranked among the top 20 insurance companies in Europe, Ageas has chosen to concentrate its business activities in Europe and Asia, which together make up the largest share of the global insurance market. These are grouped around four segments: Belgium, United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia and served through a combination of wholly owned subsidiaries and partnerships with strong financial institutions and key distributors around the world. Ageas operates successful partnerships in Belgium, the UK, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, China, Malaysia, India and Thailand and has subsidiaries in France, Hong Kong and the UK. Ageas is the market leader in Belgium for individual life and employee benefits, as well as a leading non-life player through AG Insurance. In the UK, Ageas is the second largest Motor insurer and has a strong presence in the growing over 50's market. Ageas employs more than 13,000 people in the consolidated entities and over 30,000 in the non-consolidated partnerships, and has annual inflows of more than EUR 23 billion.
To know more, visit www.ageas.com.
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