SKF Takes Title Rights of Goa River Marathon; 2021 Edition on 12 December

Industry Watch | September 3, 2021 | News

SKF India Goa River Marathon

Bearings manufacturer SKF India has taken the title rights of the Goa River Marathon (GRM), the 11th edition of which will be hosted Sunday, 12 December, at Chicalim, Vasco-da-Gama.

The event promoted by Vasco Sports Club (VSC) has seen fashion brand Skechers headline the property in previous editions. This is the first time SKF has associated with the Goa River Marathon, which is hosted along the Zuari river.

The event will be held in three competitive categories of 42 km (full marathon), 21 km (half marathon) and a 10 km race. A promotional run in two categories (10 km and 21 km) is also being planned. Runners can register at www.skfgoarivermarathon.com. Registrations opened on 2 September and will close on 28 November 2021.

Nitin Bandekar, President, VSC, said, “Keeping in mind the safety of all participants, only limited numbers will run for the ‘SKF Goa River Marathon’. Athletes will be admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis on furnishing the hundred per cent vaccination certificate during their online registration. We will follow the highest level of safety-standards for all participants and abide by all mandatory government protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs)."

Manish Bhatnagar, Managing Director, SKF India, who is also an avid marathoner himself, said, “Today, ‘SKF Goa River Marathon’ is one of the most popular marathons in the country and we will extend our full support to this event. With India slowly recovering from the Covid impact, hosting the ‘SKF Goa River Marathon’ is good news for runners. We are excited to partner with Vasco Sports Club as this is an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the joy of running and the power of human spirit.”

The ‘SKF Goa River Marathon’ will also host pre-event runs in various parts of Goa accompanied by ‘How-to’ workshops to help both novice and expert runners ahead of the marathon.

Abhijeet Salkar, Treasurer, Vasco Sports Club, said, “The ‘SKF Goa River Marathon’ is considered amongst the toughest marathon courses in India and showcases Goa’s natural beauty and pollution-free scenery and this time we are aiming for a green event with zero use of plastic. Eighty percent of the course passes along the river Zuari on one side and lush green hills on the other side, allowing marathoners a shaded route for most of the race.”

Limited number of athletes admitted on a first-come-first-served basis will be allowed to participate in the 11th edition of the marathon for safety reasons.

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