The Open 10K Run and the 10K Challenge, which also includes the Nike College Face-off and the DHL Corporate Challenge, has received around 11,000 entries, the Majja Run has topped it receiving 11,500 entries. The Senior Citizens’ Run will have around 1000, while the event for the Champions With Disability will see 450 participants, a huge increase from 91 in the last edition. Besides these races, the feature events of the day will be the World 10K for elite men & women and the Nation’s Challenge.
Super-fast field of elite athletes: A highly competitive field of elite athletes has been put together for the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2013 by Global Sports Communication (GSC), the event’s elite athlete coordinators with an aim at lowering the existing course records. The men’s record stands at 27.51 minutes, set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2008, while the women’s mark stands at 31.58, set by Ethiopian Yimer Wude in 2010. An added incentive of USD 7500 is up for grabs for the new course record.
Leading the field at the Kanteerava Stadium’s start line on Sunday, May 19 will be the two newly crowned World Cross Country Champions, Japhet Korir among men and double World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet on the women’s side.
According to Jos Hermens of GSC, besides Emily, the other strong contenders in the women’s race will be the defending champion Helah Kiprop of Kenya and the course record holder Yimer Wude Ayalew. However, they can expect to be given a run for their money by Kenyans Pascalia Kipkoech, the 2nd fastest woman over 10km in 2012, and Lucy Kabuu, who many insiders believe is the strongest lady in long distance running at this moment. Also in the field will be the young Kenyan Valentine Kipketer, who demolished the field while lowering the course record by two and a half minutes when she won the 2013 Mumbai Marathon
The strong men’s field includes 14 athletes who have run the 10 km below 28.00 on either track or road and poses a strong challenge to the existing course record.