About Tata Steel Kolkata 25K
Tata Steel Kolkata 25K has been a beacon for running in eastern India that has sparked a running revolution. The event encapsulates the city’s energy and spirit - encouraging Kolkatans to come together, get involved, feel the pride, celebrate and make a positive change in their community. It is the city’s greatest participative sporting festival that celebrates the People of Kolkata – Aamar Kolkata, Aamar Run!
Flagged off from the iconic Red Road on Sunday, 17th December 2023, the race route is carefully crafted to take in some of the city’s majestic sights, as the runners go past the Raj Bhavan, the Eden Gardens, under the Howrah Railway Bridge over the Hooghly River, Fort William Golf Course and the Victoria Memorial before returning to the Red Road finish line.
Touted as the only World Athletics Accredited 25K, the USD 100,000 prize money race witnesses the best athletes from across the world compete alongside India’s elite and amateur runners in the City of Joy.
The offering of various race categories such as the 25K feature race, the open 10K (considered the first milestone in distance running), the Ananda Run (4.5 km approx), a colourful carnival of people of the city, in vibrant costumes, bringing focus to a cause close to their heart, Champions with Disability and the Silvers Run (2.3 km) , provides an opportunity for everyone to take centre stage regardless of their age, or abilities.
Global sporting personalities such as long jumper Mike Powell, diver Greg Louganis and footballer Hernan Crespo have as International Event Ambassadors endorsed the event which reflects the city’s cultural vibrancy and sporting history.
Furthermore, Tata Steel Kolkata 25K is the region’s largest sports platform for philanthropy. Since its inception, the event has raised INR 4.20 crores for over 75 NGOs benefitting numerous cases.
For the 8th edition of the event, the dynamic duo, legendary cricketer Jhulan Goswami along with actor Koushani Mukherjee have been announced as the Ratnas and will inspire participants.