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    What you need to know about two marathons coming your way in June, and what they support

    This June, the city gears up to run for a cause. The Tobacco Free India Marathon 2014 (June 1) and MADathon (June 15) are being conducted by the Natchatraa Events & Entertainments and AIESEC, Chennai, respectively, with the aim of spreading awareness and raising funds. And though summer has still not loosened its grip on the city, we hear that registrations for both events have been overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know about these marathons, if you wish to attend:

    RUNTobacco Free India Marathon 2014
    With responses (over 2,000 entries) pouring in from all over South India (Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad), this 21km run against cancer is being organised by Natchatraa Events & Entertainments in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Athletic Association & the Health Department of Tamil Nadu. Starting at 5 am from the War Memorial at Marina Beach, runners will head to Aavin Circle at Adyar, and then back to the War Memorial. “The heat shouldn’t be a problem since it’s being held early in the morning,” says Jagannath J, 26, a graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, who will be participating. A cash prize of `1,00,000 will be given to the winners in the men’s category (21km) while the winners of the women’s category (16km) will receive `50,000. Runners will be provided with a T-shirt, a cap, a certificate of participation, refreshments and medical support (standby ambulance and first aid by Apollo).  Register at `300. Details: 9176466177

    MADathon
    Intending to raise funds for underprivileged children, AIESEC, a youth non-profit organisation, have come up with MADathon (Make A Difference Marathon). Starting from the Light House at Marina Beach, the 10km run will take the service lane till the Labour Statue and return back to the Light House. MADathon is also hosting  5km and 3km short walks (for which participants will take a U-turn after 2.5kms and 1.5kms respectively, from the Light House) for the benefit of beginners and kids. “Though I am not a professional runner, I am excited about the marathon and its cause. AIESEC has provided a brilliant platform to meet other runners and to show my support for their cause,” says Rahul Nair, 19, a student of SRM University, who has registered for the event. The participants are provided with amenities like T-shirts, badges, and medical support (standby ambulances with doctors, first aid kits) and refreshments being provided every 100 metres of the run. With 200 people having registered (till date) MADathon begins at 5.30 am on June 15. Register at Rs. 500. Details:explara.com

    Aishwarya Kumar

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