Chennai, Jan 5 : Tamil Marathon 2021, a virtual marathon event will be held from January 10 to 24 and is all set to attract participation of a record number of 1,00,000 people of all age groups from across the globe.
With nearly more than 30 countries with Tamil diaspora taking part in the event, it would make the event the world’s largest virtual marathon, a release from the organisers said today.
Organized by Ingenious 6, the Chennai-based Tamil Marathon, a not-for-profit association, the marathon has run stretches of 3 kms, 5 kms, 10 kms, and 21 kms.
This fundraising event was aimed at upgrading the health, education, sanitation and social infrastructure in about 50 villages in Tamil Nadu and to create a virtual platform exclusively to host performances of Tamil folk arts and dances like Mayil Attam, Kavadi Attam, Kummi, Bommalattam, Villu Paattu, Kolattam, Kargam, Oyilattam, and Theru Koothu.
All the participants will get an e-certificate, and a world record e-badge.
The winners in all the race categories will get a cash prize of Rs 15,000, while the second and third place finishers will get Rs 10,000, and Rs 5,000 respectively.
Mr Hemanth R, Founder, Tamil Marathon, said, “Our aim is to give Tamils all over the world and those who are connected with Tamil culture, tradition, and arts, an unparalleled experience of running together virtually, and demonstrating their solidarity with rural Tamil Nadu that needs an urgent attention to upgrade and restore its infrastructure, and thus the quality of standards of living, post cyclones and Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.”
‘We are hopeful of participating in the infrastructure development of at least 50 villages with the funds raised from the current edition of the marathon”, he said.
Tamil Marathon has attracted overseas participation from Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Mauritius, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.