1 October 2023
Registrations for the 18th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon (VDHM) continue in high spirits as the capital gears up for the city’s flagship mass participative event – #RangDeDilli.
The USD 268,000 prize money World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, will be flagged off from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, October 15. Tens of thousands of amateurs will join World Championships Silver Medalist Daniel Ebenyo & Rio Olympic Gold Medalist Almaz Ayana in a race that has stood as a pinnacle of sporting glory under the watchful eyes of the International Event Ambassador – Two-time Olympic Champion Ashton Eaton.
Register now for the Half Marathon, the Great Delhi Run (Approx.4.5km), the Senior Citizens’ Run and the Champions with Disability Run (Approx. 2.5km) and join the celebration! Registrations are open until 11:59 p.m. 30th September 2023 or until spots are filled, whichever is earlier.
Making the running movement in Delhi even stronger for consecutive years, Title sponsor Vedanta Limited will continue with the cause of #RunForZeroHunger during the race. For every kilometre run, the Indian conglomerate will provide a nutritious meal to a child through its flagship social impact initiative — the Nand Ghar project.
Commenting on the association, Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Chairperson – Hindustan Zinc, Non-Executive Director – Vedanta stated, “It gives us immense joy to see the capital geared up for Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon. VDHM is a testament to the power of communities uniting for a cause, and the enthusiasm of the people only fuels our passion to give back to society. With the help of every participant, we will come one step closer to our dream that no child should go to bed hungry. For every kilometre run we will contribute one meal to a child through our Nandghar initiative and this year our aim is to contribute 2 million meals. I am confident, that not just Delhi, but the entire nation will Run For Zero Hunger.
TV Naarayan, CMO, IDFC FIRST Bank, said, “IDFC FIRST Bank is delighted to be the Associate Sponsor of yet another edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon, one of the most awaited and recognized distance running events globally. This association aims to bring people together and promote a healthy lifestyle. As a Bank driven by the philosophy of social good, we feel this association is a great way to connect with our customers and encourage them as they challenge themselves to reach fitness or financial milestones. We look forward to an event that radiates energy, inspires a spirit of camaraderie, and encourages people’s #JourneyToTheStart”.
UNIQUE VEDANTA DELHI HALF MARATHON FINISHER MEDAL
The unique Finisher Medal honours and celebrates every participant’s hard work and their zeal for running. The Finisher’s medal is made from the purest, highest-grade Zinc that comes from Zawar Mines of Udaipur – the world’s largest and oldest mines in the heritage state of Rajasthan. The Zinc is produced by India’s leading Zinc producer – Hindustan Zinc Limited, a Vedanta Group company.
EXCLUSIVE PUMA RACE DAY & FINISHER TEE
The Fastest Sports Brand in the World, PUMA has been a long-standing partner of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon and will present all the registered half marathon participants with an exclusive Race Day Tee. In addition to this, as a token of appreciation and the effort put in by the 10K runners, PUMA will give the overall top 500 men and 500 women runners a specially curated Finisher Tee.
The exclusive merchandise was unveiled by PUMA Athlete and cricketer Harleen Deol. She was part of the Indian squad that clinched Silver at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
PUMA Athlete & Cricketer Harleen Deol, said “Running means everything to me. Our sport is all about running, and the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon is a great initiative. This event inspires people. Women have broken barriers through the event and most of the decision makers at the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon are women, and that tells you a lot.”
Commenting on the launch of the Race Day Tee, Shreya Sachdev, Head of Marketing, PUMA India said, “As the sports partner of Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon, we are extremely excited to support the runners for this iconic road race with the launch of a new PUMA Race Day tee along with PUMA athlete and cricketer Harleen Deol. The tee is made with high-performance fabric to back runners all the way to the finish line”.
Shreya added, “Running is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and PUMA is determined to build this community as part of our Let There Be Sport campaign, which prioritises sports and fitness as a life skill. We are proud to have partnered with Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon for about a decade now and we are confident that the city will witness a spectacular event. We wish the runners best of luck!”
DELHI METRO RAIL CORPORATION SPECIAL SERVICES
For the convenience and benefit of all participants, the lifeline of the city, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced special services for event day. The metro services will begin from 4 a.m. onwards from all terminal stations with a headway of 30 minutes to help the half marathon participants reach the start line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro station and Jangpura Metro Station.
Meanwhile, the participants of the 10K race can reach the start line at Sansad Marg from Rajiv Chowk or Janpath Metro Station on race day. All participants can purchase tickets through the DMRC Travel App before reaching the station or through their NCMC cards.
Dr. Amit Jain, Director (Operations), DMRC, said, “I’d like to thank Vedanta and Procam for organizing this event year on year and keeping Delhi fit. We are making a small contribution by starting the metro services at 4 am on race day. The participants must utilize the metro services.”
VEDANTA DELHI HALF MARATHON VIRTUAL RUN
Participants from anywhere in the world will be able to experience the magic of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon and run as one with the event via the exclusive Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon app. The virtual race categories are Half Marathon, Open 10K and the Great Delhi Run (5 km). Registration for the same will stay open until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 11th October 2023.
Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International, said, “It has been heartening to see the response we have received from the capital city and to see the event back in all its glory. We are very excited to welcome an illustrious elite athlete line-up along with our International Event Ambassador and one of the greatest athletes of all time – Ashton Eaton on race day. Ashton’s presence will certainly motivate the people of Delhi to run for good. The Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon is the Pride of our Capital and each stakeholder of the event is working tremendously hard to make the event bigger, better and memorable to help the people of Delhi provide a befitting showcase to the world.”
MIRCHI GET ACTIVE RACE EXPO
The expo is a one-stop hub for runners and fitness enthusiasts, showcasing the best and most innovative offerings in the health, fitness and lifestyle world. All registered runners will need to visit the Expo to collect their running bibs, which allows them to avail of exciting offers by leading sports & and lifestyle brands.
The Mirchi Get Active Expo will take place at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium (Entry Gate – Gate no. 3, Opp High Court). The Expo will start on Thursday, 12th October 2023, and run through till Saturday, 14th October 2023. The Expo will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon will be held on 15th October 2023. Registration for Half marathon, Great Delhi Run (Approx.4.5km), Senior Citizens’ Run (Approx. 2.5km) and the Champions with Disability Run (Approx. 2.5km) is open until 11:59 PM 30th September 2023 or until spots are filled, whichever is earlier.