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 25th
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 crowd at Hi-Lite Mall were in for a surprise organized by the students of IIM Kozhikode in the run up to the nineth edition of the Calicut Half 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 by storm with their moves, while the crowd cheered and whooped madly.
Cycle Rally – February 11th
110 Cyclist rallied through the streets of kozhikode on sunday , with riders holding banners and waving flags. Cycle Rally was organized in association with Team Malabar Riders, Malabar Cycle Riders, and Calicut Pedallers in the Calicut city covering a distance of 10km.
IIMK Campus Midnight Run – February 17th
The night of February 17th, 2018 saw enthusiastic students and faculties of IIM Kozhikode compete against each other to reach the finish line in the 3KM Campus Midnight Run, organised in association with Taj Gateway Hotels.Sajesh Krishnan, Kerala's first blade runner and Neeraj George Bobby, former Indian para badminton player were the chief guests of the event. Coordinated by Calicut marathon committee members and it was well appreciated by the students community and the media house.
Event Launch – January 17th
The event was launched on 17-01-18 at the Calicut press club in the presence of Calicut Deputy Mayor Ms. Meera Darshak, Peekay Steel Chief Executive (Works) Mr. A.K.Rastogi, General Manager (HR & PR) Mr. Prasanth Kumar, Chief Administrative Officer IIM Kozhikode Lt Col M Julius George (Retd), IIM Kozhikode Prof. Anubha Shekhar Sinha, Niravu Organic Village project coordinator Mr Babu Parambath and various media personalities.