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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon: 34,000 participants, one city, and the true spirit of sportsmanship

The marathon makes philanthropy a fundamental area of focus at each edition.

ET Online|
Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 06.30 PM IST
Personifying the spirit and perseverance of the mind and body, Delhi's largest sporting event, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is scheduled for November 20, 2016 in the Capital.

Promoted by Procam International, the marathon will see over 34,000 participants from across the world in action.

One of the world's most prestigious half marathons, the ADHM continues to place emphasis on the sport of distance running, along with making philanthropy a fundamental area of focus at each edition, in partnership with India Cares, the event's philanthropy partner.

In 2015, ADHM saw a 98% jump in funds raised by the participating Civil Society Organisations (CSOs/ NGOs) from 2014. The Rs 7.26 crore raised was used to help over 150,000 people directly and indirectly across various causes and initiatives.

In a brief overview, 90,716 people were impacted through direct medical care and medical camps, followed by care for 25,182 elders, 11,490 children's education was provided for, 8,710 people with disabilities were supported, 8,380 individuals enhanced their livelihoods, and 3,934 children were settled in various foster homes.

ADHM also aims at organizing environmental awareness camps, building community urinals and toilets in schools, organising mid-day meals, and distributing educational material.

Talking about their philanthropic work, Murray Culshaw, Chairperson, India Cares Foundation, said, "The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon brings in so much positive change to so many lives. The impact and funds utilisation reports we receive from the CSOs/ NGOs who have raised funds in the previous year motivates all of us associated with the event to do our best."

Grateful for the impact that ADHM has been able to make, Dilip Jayaram, CEO, Procam International, promoters of the marathon, said, "Running has been the only sport that has been able to create this unique facet, where athletes and them pounding the pavement gives back so many fold. The last edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has directly impacted 15,0000 individuals across sectors."

Currently, the 2016 edition of the event has already raised Rs 5.50 crore. To contribute, visit till 30th November.
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