Started in 2010 with the aim of providing a platform for civic engagement and generating awareness on social issues, Calicut Half Marathon has grown ever since into one of Kerala’s biggest sporting events. We are proud to say that Calicut Half Marathon is the first and to our best knowledge is the biggest student organized marathon in the country. The marathon has supported various social causes over the years with themes such as ‘Compassionate Kozhikode’, ‘Transforming lives’, ‘Empowering Women’, ‘War on Waste’, ‘Gift a Life’, ‘Road Safety’ and 'Healthy Living'. In our quest to make the society a better place to live in we have joined hands with many NGOs, corporates, educational institutes, district administration and civic authorities over the years. The uniqueness of this initiative lies in using the platform of the marathon to spread awareness about the selected theme amongst the general public. For this purpose we organize various lead up events such as Launch at the Calicut Press Club, Flash Mob at the beach and a shopping mall, Bike Rally, sand sculpture, campus run, running workshops, promotion at movie theatres etc. in the months preceding the marathon to generate awareness about the theme
Race Day February 26th
Runners both national and international had gathered to participate in and witness the event. The event reached new heights with a staggering count of more than 5000 runners. The sight of the many runners flagging off at once from the start point was one to behold. The sheer enthusiasm and roar of the crowd brought a smile to the faces of one and all. The race completed with the prize distribution ceremony at Gujarati School on Beach Road. The event was graced by the presence of several dignitaries.
Flash Mob – February 19th
The Sunday crowd at Calicut Beach and Hi-Lite Mall were in for a surprise organized by the students of IIM Kozhikode in the run up to the eight edition of the Calicut mini Marathon. Just as the sun was going down, a group of students from IIM K broke into a ‘Flash mob’. The spirited dancers took Calicut’s Hilite mall and beach by storm with their moves, while the crowd cheered and whooped madly
Cycle Rally – February 12th
70 Cyclist rallied through the streets of kozhikode on sunday , with riders holding banners and waving flags. The cycle rally was organized by the students of IIM Kozhikode in association with Team Malabar Riders, formed part of a series of promotional events leading up to Calicut mini Marathon 2017. On-lookers watched as the cycles made their way on a10 kmroute through the city. The rally kicked-off at 4:00 PM from Baby Memorial Hospital to Corporation Office, Beach Road.
IIMK Campus Midnight Run – February 1st
The night of 5th February 2016 witnessed a confluence of both the machine power and the muscle power, at the Royal Enfield Campus Midnight Run in association with Taj Gateway Hotels. The 3km long run was led by the monstrous Royal Enfield bikes of the Bikers Club of IIM-Kozhikode.
Event Launch – January 15th
The event launch was held in the Calicut Press Club and witnessed the presence of popular names from the print, electronic media and the press. The event involved the launch of the social theme, the website, and the announcement of the kick start for registrations. The event was launched by Mr. V. K. C. Mammed Koya, the then Mayor of Kozhikode and was joined by Professor Deepak Dhayanithy, Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor at IIM Kozhikode.
The seventh edition of Calicut mini Marathon 2016 was held on 28th February, 2016 supporting the cause of ‘Compassionate Kozhikode’. With the aim of promoting the cause, we conducted various promotional events like Bike rally, Sand Sculpture at Calicut Beach, Flash Mobs, Mananchira clean-up drive which enabled us to spread the message to a greater audience. The bike rally, organized by the students of IIM Kozhikode in association with Royal Enfield, formed part of a series of promotional events leading up to Calicut mini Marathon 2016. The race day witnessed both national and international who had gathered to participate in the event. The event reached new heights with a staggering count of more than 5000 runners.
The sixth edition of Calicut mini Marathon 2015 was held on 1st March, 2015 promoting the cause of ‘Road Safety’. The Calicut mini Marathon 2015 was held in association with the District Administration of Calicut and Angel Foundation. With the aim of raising awareness amongst the masses regarding the importance of road safety rules, we conducted various promotional events like Sand Sculpture at Calicut Beach, Flash Mobs and Walkathon in Kochi which helped us to reach out to the masses in bringing out a change in the attitudes and behaviors of people – ensuring they become responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. A workshop in the IIMK campus was conducted to motivate 120+ traffic police constables and help them understand the larger aspect of their roles. The message of Road Safety was spread by giving out Roses/Safety-Car-Stickers to drivers following traffic rules, thereby encouraging others to follow the traffic rules. More than 50 auto drives have enlisted their support for our cause and helped us in spreading the message about Road Safety.