The Kolkata Marathon (officially IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon) is a marathon held annually in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was launched in 2008. The marathon is the largest in Eastern India and the only full marathon held in Kolkata.[1][2][3][4]

Kolkata Marathon
2017 logo of Kolkata Marathon
DateEarly February
LocationKolkata, India
DistanceMarathon, Half-Marathon, 10K
Primary sponsorIDBI Federal Life Insurance
Established2008 (2008)
Course recordsMen: 2:19:30
India Satya Prakash (2014)
Women: 3:16:56
India Anjali Saraogi (2019)
Official siteKolkata Marathon
Participants841 (2019)



"The moment they approached me for the event, I said, yes. Kolkata has a special place in my heart as I have spent many formative years of my life here. To see the event grow from the first edition to the ninth edition, in terms of participation and even awareness in the city has been an interesting journey."

-Leander Paes after becoming Brand Ambassador of 2016 edition of the marathon[5]

The marathon is authorised by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). For 2016 edition IDBI Federal Life Insurance will be the title sponsors of the marathon. The marathon is managed by the HighLife Management.[6] The 2016 marathon will also be an official qualifier round for the marathon events in the Rio Olympics 2016.[5]

IDBI Federal Life Insurance is the title sponsor for 2017 edition of the race .[7]Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar is the Brand Ambassador for the 2017 marathon.


The race has five categories of competition. Along with the traditional full and half marathon distances, there is also a 10 km open run, 10 km corporate run and 5 km fun run for children. In the first edition of the marathon, nearly 6,000 runners participated; the number of runners increased to 15,000 in 2015.[5] Only Indian athletes are eligible for the prize money; according to organisers, the aims of the marathon are to provide a platform for Indian competitors and to promote athletics at the grass-root level in India.[1][6] In 2015, the prize money for the winner of the full marathon was 3.2 lakh (US$4,600), while 2nd and 3rd finishers were awarded 1.6 lakh (US$2,300) and 0.8 lakh (US$1,200) respectively.[8]


The marathon starts from the Red Road in front of the Rangers club. The course then goes through the various landmarks in the city, including historic Park Street, Maidan and the Victoria area.[1][5]

Past winnersEdit

Key:   Course record   Half marathon

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2008   Bhairon Singh (IND) 2:20:53 Winner not available Time not available
2nd 2009   Binning Lyngkhoi (IND) 2:21:07
3rd 2010   Binning Lyngkhoi (IND) 2:20:49
2011 Did not held
4th 2014   Satya Prakash (IND) 2:19:30 Winner not available Time not available
5th 2015   Laljee Yadav (IND) 2:25:54
6th 2016   Mohammad Yunus (IND) 2:30:35
7th 2017   Abul Hossain (IND) 2:34:02   Pooja Jain (IND) 4:59:11
8th 2018   Jegadheesan Munusamy (IND) 2:35:10   Rashmi Somani (IND) 4:19:36
9th 2019   Tlanding Wahlang (IND) 2:35:42   Anjali Saraogi (IND) 3:16:56


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  2. ^ Ians (23 December 2015). "Kolkata Marathon Scheduled for March 6". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ Sudeshna Banerjee @Sudsports (23 December 2015). "I am hungry to win another Olympic medal: Leander Paes". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ "IDBI Federal LifeInsurance announces Title Sponsorship of Kolkata Marathon – INDIAN NEWS & TIMES : INDIAN NEWS & TIMES". 23 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ninth edition of Kolkata marathon to be held on March 6". NewsX. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b "IDBI Federal Life Insurance announces Title Sponsorship of Kolkata Marathon". 24 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
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  8. ^ PTI (8 February 2015). "Lalji Yadav, Sajivani win Kolkata Marathon – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 February 2019.