About Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Buoyed by the success of the opening edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, Procam then zeroed in on the capital city of India, New Delhi, and thus started the journey of the Delhi Half Marathon in 2005. Daley Thompson, Jackie-Joyner Kersee, Sir Richard Hadlee, Alan Border and Cathy Freeman, David Rudisha, and Kenenisa Bekele have been the event ambassadors of the world’s richest and most prestigious half-marathon. Bollywood star Bipasha Basu was the face of the event in 2015.
The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is an annual half marathon foot-race held in New Delhi, India. it is both an elite runner and mass participation event. It is an AIMS-certified course and is listed as a Bronze Label Road Race by the IAAF. The 2009 event attracted around 29,000 runners who competed in one of the four races: the half marathon, the 7 km Great Delhi Run, a 4.3 km run for senior citizens, and a 3.5 km wheelchair race.The half marathon is the elite runner race, while the Great Delhi Run attracts the majority of participants overall.
The inaugural edition in 2005 had total prize money of US$310,000 to attract high calibre professional athletes. The prize for the winners of the men's and women's race was $25,000 dollars in 2009. The race was sponsored Hutchison Essar for its first two races, and the company sponsored the event as Vodafone Essar in 2007 following a takeover. Rival communications company Airtel held the sponsor role in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The course starts in the Nehru Stadium, although this was temporarily moved to the grounds of the Central Secretariat while the stadium was under renovation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The race is largely flat and has delivered fast winning times in its short history, with men producing a number of sub-one hour times and women recording times under 1:08:00.The race attracts culturally prominent supporters: Indian actors Arshad Warsi and Rahul Bose were present in 2010, while Sheila Dikshit awarded prizes to the event winners.