KOCHI: Reiterating its support to the 2nd Cochin International Half Marathon, the Indian Navy has pledged 3,000 participants for the event slated to be held on December 7.
In a function held at a city hotel on Wednesday, Southern Naval Command Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain presented a plaque to Mayor Tony Chammany and Deputy Mayor B Bhadra, symbolising Indian Navy’s participation in the half-marathon, which was hugely successful in the inaugural edition.
Model Milind Soman, a marathon enthusiast, was a special guest. “Indian Naval personnel have always been an integral part of Cochin city and their active participation in the city’s largest sporting and social event enthuse the citizens and others to participate in larger numbers,” Tony Chammany said.
Milind Soman, who began long-distance running 12 years ago and has participated in many events in India and abroad, said he was delighted to be in Kochi to promote the Cochin International Half Marathon and commended the Indian Navy for its large participation.
Registrations for the 2nd edition have already crossed the 8,000 mark and entries are still coming in at a brisk pace.
In order to accommodate the large number of groups that have shown interest to participate in the event, the last date for accepting registrations has been extended to December 2, the organisers said.