The 6th Edition of SKECHERS GOA RIVER MARATHON on Dec 13th hits 7000 registrations

Date:
10.12.2015


·         Official T-shirt unveiled today. Launches Sports Expo on December 11th-12th at SAG Grounds
·         International athletes from 22 countries to participate on December 13th
·         GRM goes tech savvy with a Bib tracking App launched for the first time at any marathon in the country
·         A Media Centre will be set for LIVE reporting
·         After-Party post marathon to showcase Goan hospitality and music
 
PANAJI, DECEMBER 10: The 6th edition of the Skechers Goa River Marathon (GRM) to be held on December 13th at Chicalim SAG Grounds goes truly international this year with participation announced from 22 countries from across the world, at a press conference today.
 
Unveiling the Official Goa River Marathon T-shirt at GCCI, Panjim, organisers revealed that they were extremely happy and surprised that the 42.2km full marathon, introduced for the first time at this edition,  has seen very encouraging  participation and that too from women.
 
With worldwide official recognition given by IAAF officials approving and certifying the route for the full marathon, 10km and  half marathon on par with international events, this year timing certificates within eligibility will also allow entry to most International worldwide events.  
 
Speaking on the occasion Mr Nitin Bandekar, President, Vasco Sports Club, organisers of Skechers Goa River Marathon 2015 said, “ I am happy to share that this year we have touched 3000 registrations for the half marathon and 10km run in the competitive section with  4000 entries in the 5km Charity Run.  Participants from 22 different countries have registered, which includes 18 Ethiopians, Kenyans.  A contingent of 12 top class runners have landed yesterday from Ladakh and are getting acclimatised to the humid conditions of Goa. This means  this year we have more than 7000 participants will take part on December 13th.”
 
 
Presented by Title Sponsor `Skechers’  Shri Rahul Vira, CEO, Skechers South Asia Pvt Ltd shared a statement, "Skechers is very proud to be associated with the Goa River Marathon 2015. Skechers is globally a leading fitness brand, inspiring and helping athletes experience running and walking in all its forms, hence we continue to be associated with this marathon. We at Skechers are all avid runners, so many of us will be participating in this marathon.”
Also speaking on the occasion were Capt Mishra, LIC, Marketing Manager, Mr Jose K Mathew , General Manager, Federal Bank, Mr Krishnakant Kamat, DSK, Mr Gavin Dias, DYGM Goa Tourism, Mr Sunil Shrivastava, Carasid, Mr Rakesh Unny, Secretary , Vasco Sports Club and Ethiopian champion runner Setahun Tilahun.
 
Sharing a statement on the occasion, Mr Anil Gupta, Director Plant Operations, Pfizer, said “Goa River Marathon is now an established running platform in national and international race calendars, making it a watch out event for all sports enthusiasts. Something as basic as running and walking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, is the crux of this great initiative. In line with Pfizer's ethos of creating a healthier world, we are proud to be associated with Goa River Marathon that is focused on increasing the wellness quotient of the people of Goa.”

Spearheading technology innovation for the first time ever in the country, Mr Rakesh Unny, Secretary, Vasco Sports Clubs revealed , “A new mobile App has been developed by our Timing  partners, `Timing Technologies’ from Hyderabad, introduced for the first time ever in the country at GRM. Simply by typing in the participant Bib number, a relative or friend of the participant can track his/her movement during the race. It can be downloaded for free from Google play. One can search for 10 Bib numbers at a time,” he said.
 
 
Elaborating on the comprehensive planning that has gone into producing the event, Mr Unny continued , “This year we have provided two stalls for the Press at the expo area. The Media Centre will laptops, internet and seating arrangements where one can relax and file their stories,” Media are requested to get in touch with Ethel Da Costa, CEO Think Geek Media who are taking care of all our media requirements this time.
For the benefit of smooth reporting, Mr Unny also informed that a lead vehicle for the full marathon will cover the lead runner for only one loop of the race. This vehicle will start at 5.00am  -- which is race start time of this event. The lead vehicle for the half marathon will start at the race time of 6.00am and press photographers,  who wish to be on this vehicle, have to report at 5.30am.
 
Adding an element of fun and showcase some true Goan hospitality, GRM also announced a Post Marathonn After Party with live dancers, live music, food counters,  for participants to groove and celebrate their success after the race. This will start at 10.00am and continue till 1.00pm. All are welcome to this extravaganza of sport health and fun, said the Organisers.
 
Meanwhile a Sports Expo on December 11th-12th will have stalls related to running and fitness gear like Skechers shoes stall, Garmin running and cycling watches, giant cycles, DSK Benelli bikes among others.  A stall of of Sussegado runners – a Goa based running group  -- will help with Spot registrations in an effort to introduce more Goans to this healthy and fun sport.
 
 
The 6th edition of the Goa River Marathon on December 13th  is presented by Title Sponsor Skechers  and Supported by Goa Tourism, Govt of Goa in association with Sports Authority of Goa (SAG), Carasid, DSK group, LIC, Pfizer , Federal Bank, JSW, Performax, Bisleri, Enerzal Nestlé, 92.7 Big FM, CMYK Photography Partner and Think Geek Media
For inquiries, call on Vasco Club House 083-225-11333 /or Gagan 901-174-3543/ Dinesh 098 22 123021
To register online, log on to www.goarivermarathon.com
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