World 10K Bengaluru rescheduled to September 13

The 12-year-old Gold Label race event started in 2008 and has been graced by athletes like Carl Lewis, Marie Jose Perec, Mike Powell and more.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

The new date for the 13th edition of the Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru has been announced as September 13, almost four months after than the originally decided date of May 17.

The 12-year-old Gold Label race event had to be postponed after the coronavirus outbreak, which took the form of a pandemic, halted all sporting events across the world.

"Pushing the race date four months forward allows plans to be made with confidence for a race that is likely to be more competitive than ever," Race Director Hugh Jones said in a statement.

The latest announcement also revealed that runners who had previously applied would automatically be registered to the new date, while new applicants could start registering from July 2. Applicants willing to pull their names out of the event could do so between May 12 to May 29.

The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) certified road event started back in 2008. The different categories in the event are World 10K, Open 10K, Majja Run (5.7K), Senior Citizens’ Run (4.2K), the Champions with Disability event (4.2K) and the Corporate Champions Run (10K).

Kenya’s long-distance runner Geoffery Kamworor currently holds the men’s 10K event record with a timing of 27 minutes and 44 seconds in 2014, while the record in the women’s event was set by Kenya’s Agnes Tirop in 2018 when she clocked 31 minutes and 19 seconds.

The Bengaluru road race has also seen legendary Olympian Carl Lewis as its brand ambassador in the seventh edition in 2014, apart from French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec, American athlete Mike Powell and many more over the years.

The Bengaluru event is Asia's only Gold Label 10K event and is expecting to witness over 25,000 runners on the starting line at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on September 13.