The full marathon will be in four loops, commencing from the University Stadium and touching RR Lamp, Museum, Kanakakunnu Palace, Vellayambalam, SMC, Museum, Martyrs’ Column, Statue and Ayurveda College. In addition to cash prizes, the winners will also get six gold medals instituted by the royal family of erstwhile Travancore in the name of G.V. Raja. It is being organised by the Trivandrum Runners Club. The attempt is to make use of the good sporting facilities created in the capital for the National Games and it can pave way for promoting Sports Tourism, says Varghese Oommen, honorary general secretary, Trivandrum Marathon. Event-based initiatives like the marathon bring in thousands of runners from within the country and abroad to experience a new running route. This translates to thousands of room nights, sight-seeing, transport and shopping for the venue destination.
Ayurveda can also benefit as it is a natural way to tackle injuries sportspersons, he says. There will be global standard hydration, medical assistance and entertainment for runners and spectators. The first edition will see 5,000 runners, many of them foreigners and those from other States.. . . .
Source : Nyoooz , 6th Nov 2015