Last year, Malayala Manorama had organised the long-distance running event Bonne Santé, virtually, for those exploring new ways to stay fit. More than 2,000 runners had enthusiastically participated in the event across the State.
This year, the run goes offline for the first time as we slowly recuperate from the pandemiceffects and get back on feet, and it will be held on May 29 in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts. It aims to show that fitness miracles are possible in real life too, regardless of one's age. In French, Bonne Santé means 'good health'.
The event will be held in two categories, five and 10 km fun runs and anyone above the age of eight is eligible for the same. Attractive prizes, including medals and certificates await those who finish in the first three places in both the categories.
This year's event is sponsored by IBS Software, an international IT company from Kerala. V.K. Mathews, Executive Chairman of IBS Software, says, “With COVID-19 pandemic on the wane, it has become imperative that we step out and return to a normal life. Interacting with each other and involving in physical activities can not only help prevent certain diseases, but also improve our emotional state, mental health and the quality of life itself. IBS Software is delighted to have the opportunity to be a partner in the Bonne Santé Marathon, organized by Malayala Manorama, which aims to guide people of all age groups, including youngsters, towards fitness and a better lifestyle. As a media organisation that plays0 an important role in shaping public opinion, I am sure that Malayala Manorama will be able to create awareness, discipline and good habits through such programmes.”
Bonne Santé will kick-start on May 29 with warm-up sessions consisting of yoga, zumba and aerobics, in which those interested can take part. The runners who come first, second and third will also be awarded cash prizes of Rs 20,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively.
To participate in the marathon
The registration for the event is open till May 15 through the website www.manoramaevents.com, and those interested can book slots paying Rs 675 (same rate for both 5K and 10 K). Kindly note that only online registration is available.
You will receive a confirmation email and an SMS with the details, after the registration. The following phone numbers can be used for clearing the doubts regarding registration: 9746401709 (Kozhikode), 9995960500 (Ernakulam), 8848308757 (Thiruvananthapuram).