VISAKHAPATNAM: The annual celebrations of Navy Week are all set to have a new event, a new jewel in the crown of Vizag city: Putting Visakhapatnam on the running map of the country, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) announced the conduct of the inaugural Vizag Navy Half Marathon in the city on November 2.
The bib pick up for the race will be held on October 31 and November 1, on the premises of the Kursura Museum on the Beach Road.
A unique feature of this event is that the route of the runners will have the sea on one side, unlike any event in the whole country. In addition to encouraging the sport of running and fostering greater interaction between Navy and the local populace, the event will also help raise funds for ‘Sankalp’, a school for special children established and run by the Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA).
The event will be held in three categories of 21.1 km (half-marathon), 10 km and 5 km.
It is open to all and the Navy is expecting participants from various parts of India and abroad. All the runs will start from the Kursura Museum on the Beach Road and go beyond Kailasgiri ropeway, towards Rushikonda along the coastline and then return via the Beach Road to the Naval Coastal Battery, the finish line. The U-turns for the 5-km run is near the VUDA Park, for the 10 km near Kailasagiri ropeway and for the half-marathoners near the Yendada firing range.
The website for the run with all the relevant information about the course, Sankalp, and online registration is available at http://runningandliving.com/our-runs/navy-vizag-half-marathon. On social media, the interactive event page is at https://www.facebook.com/RunningAndLiving