Launches “Women lead the world” theme to promote social inclusion Panaji, Goa, India (NewsSee) SKF India, the leading supplier of bearing technologies and solutions and services, extends its partnership with Vasco Sports Club for the second consecutive year for the 12th edition of the Goa River Marathon to be held in Chicalim, Vasco-da-Gama on Sunday, December 11, 2022. With the theme “Women Rule the World”, the SKF Goa River Marathon aims to promote the importance of social inclusion and to open up the running community for all. The event will start and end at the grounds of Chicalimpanchayat and will be held in three competitive categories of 42 km (full marathon), 21 km (half marathon) and the 10 km race. Participants can also choose to be part of the fun 5K run. Runners can register for the “SKF Goa River Marathon” on the website: www.skfgoarivermarathon.com. Nitin Bandekar, Chairman of Vasco Sports Club, said, “We are delighted to be working with SKF India as Title Partner for the second consecutive year. This year, we launched the theme “Women Lead the World” to promote the importance of social inclusion and welcome runners and walkers of all ages from across the country. We are offering a 30% discount for every female registrant and for the first time the cash prizes for females and males will be the same starting this year. Together with SKF India, we look forward to providing an enriching experience for our racing community and continuing to build on the legacy of this event as one of the most celebrated sporting events in India. Manish Bhatnagar, Managing Director of SKF India Ltd., said, “We are honored and delighted to once again support the Goa River Marathon as title sponsors. The theme – “Women lead the world” is a wonderful opportunity to promote social inclusion and attract diverse female participants in running sports. At SKF, inclusivity is deeply embedded in the way we operate, and we remain committed to driving positive change towards creating a diverse and inclusive culture. As we return to the nation’s most scenic and oldest marathons, we look forward to celebrating the joy of running and the power of the human spirit this year as well. Rakesh Unny, Secretary of Vasco Sports Club, said, “The SKF Goa River Marathon is considered one of the toughest marathon courses in the country and showcases the scenic landscape of Goa. Under the theme “Women Rule the World”, we look forward to helping create a more equitable and inclusive running industry. Anu Acharya, CEO of Associate Sponsor Mapmygenome, said, “SKF-GRM is one of the premier marathon events in India and our collaboration with them reinterprets the fitness and diet regimes commonly used in marathons. Kamala Prasad, Director, Venture Builders, Associate Sponsor, said, “The Goa River Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in India. Having athletes running along the scenic Zuari River makes this a unique race. About SKF SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing industry. We do this by providing solutions that reduce friction and CO2 emissions, while increasing machine uptime and performance. Our products and services around the rotating shaft include bearings, seals, lubrication management, artificial intelligence and wireless condition monitoring. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has approximately 17,000 distribution sites worldwide. Annual sales in 2021 were SEK 81,732 million and the number of employees was 42,602. www.skf.com/in. About Vasco Sports Club Vasco Sports Club was founded in 1951 and has fielded a strong football team in national and local tournaments for the past seven decades. The club started organizing the popular SKF Goa River Marathon 12 years ago. Today, the SKF-GRM is one of India’s most popular marathons and has an AIMS-certified course that runs along the scenic Zuari River. The SKF-GRM is also ranked among the top 10 world marathons by National Geographic Traveller.
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