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Trivandrum Marathon Draws Huge Response, TN Runner Muniyappan Emerges Winner

Thiruvananthapuram: Muniyappan M, a professional long-distance runner from Tamil Nadu, has bagged the 42-km Full Marathon title of Trivandrum Marathon, which drew huge response from within and outside the State, giving a sporting thrust to the efforts to rebuild the flood-ravaged Kerala. A member of Genesis Sports Foundation, Coimbatore, Muniyappan covered the distance in 2 hours,

Thiruvananthapuram: Muniyappan M, a professional long-distance runner from Tamil Nadu, has bagged the 42-km Full Marathon title of Trivandrum Marathon, which drew huge response from within and outside the State, giving a sporting thrust to the efforts to rebuild the flood-ravaged Kerala.

A member of Genesis Sports Foundation, Coimbatore, Muniyappan covered the distance in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds.  Harman Bishnoi from Rajasthan (03:00:07) and Vinod Kumar (03:13:43) finished as the runner-up and second runner-up in the segment respectively.

Giving away the prizes, totalling Rs. 10 lakh, to the winners of different race categories of the event titled ‘Run for Kerala – Run to Rebuild’, E P Jayarajan, Kerala’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister,  said such marathons will be organised at all district centres annually from next year. The response to the event was quite heartening, he added.

A Jayathilak IAS, Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt of Kerala; Sanjayan Kumar IFS, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs and N S Abhayakumar, President, Trivandrum Runners Club were present on the occasion.

In 21-km Half Marathon for men, Rahul Kamal (01:12:07) bagged the first prize while Abhilash R (01:12:34) and Ram Kumar C (1:14:46) finished as second and third respectively. In the 21-km run for women, Kalaiselvi from Trichy, TN (01:40:37) came first, followed by Reshmi Dwivedi from Uttar Pradesh (1:54:39) and Zoya Zia (02:01:27).

In the 10-km road race for women, Preetha Sujeetha Warrier (00:57:22) finished first followed by Ambika Ramachandran (01:00:19) and Tania Liz Pradeep (01:00:20). In the 10-km road race for men, Abhinand Sundaresan (00:41:47) emerged as the winner followed by Appala Naidu (00:43:03) and Sivaparasad K (00:43:37).

Technopark-based UST Global, which emerged as the winner in the Corporate Run segment, was presented the Ever Rolling Trophy by Jayathilak.

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