List of Marathons & Running Events in India

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Marathons are now held all over India. Ranging from 5-10 k runs, we have plenty of marathons and even ultra marathons in India- We have large running events in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Auroville.

Delhi has in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. In 2008, it was held on Nov 9. There are 5 events-the half marathon, the dream run, the senior citizens event, the veterans run and the wheelchair event.

Mumbai has the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.


Chennai also has a running culture. Check out more on the Chennai Marathon

Hyderabad has its share of running culture with 10k mini marathon and half marathon events. More at Hyderabad10K website

Bangalore has an ultra marathon (52 km)! Its the only one that we know of in India. They’ve already done 2 ultra marathons in 2007 and 2008.

Pune has its Pune International Marathon

Kolkata has the Airtel Kolkata Marathon. They have 3 events- Marathon (42 km), Ladies Run (10.2 km) and a Fun Run (4.2 km).

Auroville started its marathon in 2008. Check out the Auroville Marathon site here.

Last but not the least, in the Great Tibetian Marathon. This marathon every year in the summer, on the plateau of Leh Ladakh. With the low oxygen levels, we rate this as the toughest marathon in India, and the coolest marathon in India, in more ways than one : ) Running in the Himalayas would be such a unique experience!

Kudos to all these people making efforts to growing a running culture to India! Are there any others that we’ve missed? Any runs in your city? Please contact us to let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

For the running uninitiated, here is a distance definition of various runs:
- Its a total distance of 26.2 miles (approx 42 kms)
Half Marathon
- Very intuitively, it is 13.1 milees (approx 21 kms)
Ultra Marathon
- Anything covering a distance of more than a marathon is an ultra marathon.

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  • Deven

    Hi Guys!

    Just wanted to let you know that even Kolkata has been hosting Marathon since last 4 years and this year it had a record participants of 25,000 with a prize money amounting to a whooping Rs 10.3Lacs, highest in the country.
    So we cant miss this one out right guys!
    Btw its has been called Airtel Kolkata Marathon which is generally held in d last week of jan or early feb.

  • Fitho

    Deven, you’re right about the Kolkata Marathon! It was held in Feb last year. Here is the website- Kolkata Marathon, sponsored by Airtel.
    They have a full marathon, a ladies run of 10.2 km and a fun run-4.2 km.
    Deep Chand Saharan from the Army Institute, Pune came first with a time of 2::23:44 taking home Rs 2.50 lacs prize money. In the Ladies Run (10.20 km) Pampa Chanda from Debagram, Nadia finished first with a time of 43:48, taking home Rs 65,000
    They have a ‘ladies run’? I’ve never come across a ‘ladies only’ run in any of the large athletic events!

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    Dear sir I kindly request you to invite me in to your kalkalta marathon next year My ti is 2:19 in pune 2007 I look down waiting to hear from you soon




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