Ethiopian long distance running legend, Haile Gebrselassie, will grace the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon as the race Ambassador, which will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The event organisers Procam International Managing Director, Vivek Singh, made the announcement on Thursday that they have invited the 10,000m Olympic champion during the 1996 and 2000 Games as the well as four successive World Athletics Championships 10,000m titles from 1993-99.
The 49 year-old won a further four world indoor gold medals and the 2001 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships title, and set no less than 15 world records outdoors and on the roads, and a further five world indoor records, revising the record books over a stunning range of distances from 1500m to the marathon.
“There are few things more inspiring and joyful than seeing a city run together. When we run together, we stay together, we win together,” said Gebrselassie, whose activities in Delhi will include motivating and inspiring the thousands of runners who will take to the streets of the Indian capital next month, as well as promoting the event in the final days before the gun goes. “Running and the community are the two things that are most important to me, and an event like the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon brings them together in a special way. “The enthusiasm of the host city inspires something special in everyone involved in making this beautiful event possible. I’m going to be cheering all the runners as we celebrate the different hues of Delhi,” he added.
Haile’s incredible career achievements include an astonishing 27 world records across distances, making him arguably the greatest distance runner of all time.
Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Non-Executive Director, Vedanta Limited said, “The Vedanta Family is thrilled to welcome renowned Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie to the 2022 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon.”
The Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon will also include the Open 10K, Great Delhi Run (5 km), Senior Citizens’ Run (3 km), and the Champions with Disability Run (3 km).