Race Day: 17TH DEC, 2023
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Confirmation Criteria


Entry to the 25K race category will be confirmed based on the ‘confirmation criteria’ explained in detail below:

I] Timed Runner 

*'Applicants' please note

You must have participated in a distance running event which fulfils the following requirements-

  1. The running event must have been conducted on or after 1st December 2019.
  2. Timings of only marathon (42.195 km), 25 km distance, half marathon (21.097 km) and Open 10K distances conducted at an on-ground event will be considered to qualify for the 25K race category.    

    Timing cut-off to apply for the 25K category are:  
Race CategoryFinish Time
Marathon (42.195 km)07:18:00 or faster
25 km Run04:11:00 or faster
Half Marathon (21.097 km)03:30:00 or faster
Open 10 K01:22:00 or faster

3. Applicants will get their confirmation within 7 working days of registration or on or before 2nd December 2023, whichever is earlier.

4. Applicants can submit timing certificates of only those events wherein Race promoters/organizers need to follow the below mentioned guidelines, for timing certificates of their races to be considered under confirmation criteria. Where any of the guidelines are not followed by a promoter/organizer, or where there are many issues/complaints relating to timing, distance or technical conduct of the race, Procam may at its sole discretion, not accept the timing certificates of such running events. Decision of Procam in this regard will be final and binding.

i. The running event must have been conducted on or after 1st December 2019.

ii. The course is measured either by an accredited World Athletics/AIMS measurer using the calibrated bicycle method http://aims-worldrunning.org/measurement/MeasurementOfRoadRaceCourses.pdf OR by a local state athletic association representative using a GPS measurement device. Measurement by GPS device has been found to underestimate course length by approximately 250m over a 25K distance so the target reading for a GPS-measured 25K should be 1% more than the advertised distance, i.e., 25.25 km. Equivalent GPS device target lengths for other race distances would be: 10 km-10.1 km, half marathon- 21.3 km & Marathon - 42.62km. The measurement report must be uploaded onto the official website of the event. 

iii. All runners are compulsorily timed using the RFID technology.

a. Timing tags must have been securely pasted to the running number bibs before handing them over to the runners – timing tags must not be handed out loose to the runners.

b. In addition to the timing mats at the start and finish gates, the course should have the following minimum number of mats on the course (split points) –

(a) For a full marathon course (42.195 km) – at least 3 split point timing mats.

(b) For a 25 km course – at least 2 split point timing mats

(c) For a half marathon course (21.097 km) – at least 2 split point timing mats.

(d) For an open 10k course – at least 1 split point timing mat.

c. The provisional timing results are displayed on the website within 12 hours of the published close hour of the race.

d. Final race results should be available on the event website and verifiable online. Such final results must also include timings of runners recorded on the minimum number of split points as mentioned in point iii(b) above.

iv. Please note your running events cannot state verbally or in writing, expressed or implied, as an official qualifier to the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K across any forms of communication.

 v. Adequate verifiable mechanisms are required to be put in place by the race promoter/organizer to verify that the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2023 applicant is the runner who registered and ran at the running event in concern.

vi. Runners with results that show timings of lesser number of split points/split point timing data not available, such timing results/certificates will not be considered for the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K.

vii. In case it is observed that there are a substantial number of finishers with one or more timing split point missing data/data not available, Procam may at its sole discretion not accept timing certificates of such running events. The decision of Procam shall be final and binding.

viii. The organizer/promoter to give a written declaration to Procam confirming the following–

(a) The technical conduct of the race in question is being assisted by the local/state athletics federation.

(b) Number of timing mats used (in addition to mats at start and finish gates) and the course map specifying locations where mats are placed (indicating kilometre point) on the course map of timed race categories.

(c) The course has adequate verifiable anti-cheat mechanisms, including timings mats at split points, functional cameras at important junctions, throughout the duration of the race with footage available for verification and officials present at crucial junctions.

(d) It is advised that the final timing results declared for all timed categories be shared with Procam International in an excel file capturing the appended details of all finishers of the race, at  tsk25k@procam.in. This is required for verification of results

a. First name, middle name & last name

b. Bib no.

c. Gender

d. All Split point timings data including Start point.

e. Net finish time

f. Rank

5.    The qualification timings mentioned above (point 2) will be considered only for confirmation eligibility of an applicant in the 25K race category. However, timing results, rankings and certificates of the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2023 will be generated only for runners who complete the 25K distance within 4 hrs 30 mins from their start time.

6.    Please note, accepting timing certificates of an event for entry confirmation is at the sole discretion of the Event Promoter, Procam International.

II] Women’s Criteria 

To encourage women’s participation, there are a limited number of running places reserved for women applicants who cannot submit a timing certificate or do not fall within the timings mentioned above.

III] General category

Where your application cannot be confirmed in or does not fall under either of the above two criteria for reasons whatsoever, with the exclusion of the application being rejected or is an invalid one, your application will be under the general category where limited applications are accepted. Applications under general category will be accepted on first come first served basis and the event promoter will stop accepting applications as and when the limited running spaces kept aside for "General Category" are filled.

Confirmed participants of the TSK 25K 2023 are requested to visit the event website: https://tatasteelkolkata25k.procam.in/ for regular updates.

Priority Line-Up on Race Day

Applicants who had applied for and got confirmed in the 25K race category will get allotted line-up sections for race day start (17th December 2023) based on the finish timings mentioned on respective timing certificates submitted at the time of application.

Line Up Sections*

Where submitting the finish time of Marathon (42.195 KM) distance.

SectionSection Start TimeSection End Time
D05:13:29 onwards + Women’s criteria (without prior timing certificate) + General criteria

Where submitting the finish time of 25K distance:

SectionSection Start TimeSection End Time
D03:00:00 onwards + Women’s criteria (without prior timing certificate) + General criteria

Where submitting finish time of the Half Marathon (21.097 KM) distance:

SectionSection Start TimeSection End Time
D02:30:21 onwards + Women’s criteria (without prior timing certificate) + General criteria

When submitting finish time of 10 KM distance:

SectionSection Start TimeSection End Time
D01:08:09 onwards + Women’s criteria (without prior timing certificate) + General criteria

*The line-up sections given above are indicative and may undergo a change, which will be communicated on the event website post closure of all registrations.

Important: Confirmed applicants improving their timing performance post submission of application can request for changing the Line-Up section only till 24th November 2023, valid timing certificate needs to be provided for this on email: tsk25k@procam.in