Virtual strides towards the Nation’s fitness
Vadodara Marathon’s first MGVM Virtual Marathon 2021 will be virtually flagged off by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijaybhai Rupani at 7 am on 04 January 2021. It continues the tradition of being the only marathon to be flagged off by the Chief Minister of Gujarat in every edition.
The MGVM Virtual Marathon 2021 gives participants from all across the globe a chance to compete in India’s largest marathon on a virtual platform. The event dedicates to all the frontline medical workers, emergency personnel, essential services personnel, all the patients battling the virus currently, those who have recovered and the families of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
“We are honoured to have the support of our beloved CM once again at the Flag Off. This gives us even more encouragement to take forward the FIT INDIA movement and making a sporting event possible in these trying times” said Tejal Amin, Chairperson of Vadodara Marathon.
“Our gratitude for the Covid Warriors can never be enough, and the MGVM Virtual Marathon is a small attempt to honour all the personnel and citizens who stood steadfastly to ensure our well being during the pandemic. Registrations for all Covid Warriors are free, and we are expecting thousands of runners to come out and show their acknowledgement by participating” she further added.
The MGVM Virtual Marathon is a running event in which participants will be required to complete 5kms, half marathon 21kms, full marathon 42kms, 10 kms quarter marathon and 10 kms walkathon as per their registered category and race opted on any day between 4th to 10th January 2021. E- bib for timed athletes will be sent to participants on registration. On completion participants will have to update their timings on a link provided.
Runners can also opt for medal & a T- shirt at the time of registration. The results will be declared on 15th Jan 2021 after verification. Participants can use any running apps like Strava, Google Fit, Garmin, Run-keeper Nike Running to record their participation. There is no Registration fee for Divyang athletes and school and college students.
Registration is free for all defence personnel.
The MGVM Virtual Marathon also encourages walkers, and a special category has been created for the Virtual Run Ambassadors, made up of regular runners and Pacers of the earlier marathons. Special discounts have been offered to the VRAs. Those not finishing their categories in allotted cut off times will be awarded a walker certificate.
The MG Vadodara International Marathon is ranked in the top 10 of India’s marathon majors having a history of attracting elite and professional runners from all over the country as well as from abroad, along with citizens from all walks of life across Gujarat and India. With over 1,00,000 registrations in the 2020 edition the MGVM has established itself as India’s largest city marathon and promises to be even larger in the forthcoming editions.
The MGVM Virtual Marathon also aims to set new benchmarks in runner’s participation encouraging the message of self preservation through social distancing norms while completing their races.