The second edition of the Hyderabad Heritage Marathon will be held on September 23, revealed chairperson of Hyderabad 10K Run Foundation Uma Chigurupati on Saturday at Ravindra Bharti. “So as not to get stuck in traffic, we will start the run from Chowmahallah Palace at 5.00am and end it at the Qutub Shahi Tombs,” the marathon runner said.
The route — Charminar, Mecca masjid, High Court, Osmania hospital Mozamjahi market, Public gardens, Taramati Baradari, Golconda fort — was decided keeping in mind the fact that Hyderabad is home to some world-class heritage structures.
Rajat Kumar speaking on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism stressed on the need for keeping alive the rich past of the state through knowledge and protection of its heritage structures. He regretted that the younger generation was losing touch with the glorious culture of yesteryear. “We must pass onto our children knowledge of our past, and ensure that they too enjoy the goodness of our culture,” he said. “And what better way than to run past these heritage structures, which will make other people sit up and notice them,” he emphasised.
On a lighter note he said that the run was perfectly timed. “It is an ideal opportunity for people to shed the extra flab they have put on over the last month by indulging in biryanis and haleems and get back to shape,” Kumar said.
The run, split in two categories of full and half marathons offers cash prizes for winners apart from internationally-accepted certification from AIMS and medals. Prizes will be given away in different categories based on nationality, age and gender of the winner. Winners from the city will also be specially recognised, the organisers promise.
Facilities like medical aid, refreshments, water and electrolyte will be provided through the entire route for this annual feature, which saw a participation of 800 enthusiastic last year. Uma expects a better response this year.
The event is co-sponsored by the Hyderabad Metro Rail, which promises to enhance the value of the heritage structures in the city by providing panoramic views of them to its travellers while staying 500 metres away when ready in five years from now.
Online registration can be made on hyderabadheritagemarathon.com.