A bright Sunday morning in September 1983 saw thousands of people participating in the very first Pune Marathon – a run for fun and fitness. Within just three years it has grown into a great vent on the international sports calendar.
The first time a balding Swedish School teacher Tommy Pesson beat all opposition to the finish line.
The marathon lovingly remembers the Tanzanian soldier Stewan Marwa who almost missed talking part and went on to win. And our own long distance runner, Savio D’souza, who overcame physical setback to win the race !
It has indeed been a tribute to men’s achievements,a saga of success, a test of endurance. Let’s go back a little and relive the unforgettable moments of tears and triumph.
Men Marathon Champion
Women Marathon/Half Marathon Champion
07 DEC 2014
ROBERT ESMBUS MBITHI (KEN)
NANCY N WAMBUA (KEN)
01 DEC 2013
ENDALE ABAYNE (ETH)
ABERU ZEWUDE TESEMA (ETH)
02 DEC 2012
LUKA KIPKEMBOI CHELIMO (KEN)
PAULINE NJERI KATHENYA (KEN)
|04 DEC 2011 ||2:16:57 ||TEFERA REGASSA (ETH) ||1:12:29 ||THITU MUTUA (KEN) |
|05 DEC 2010 ||2:13:20 ||GUDETA GEMECHU BIRATU (ETH) ||2:38:41 ||BIRZAF GEBRE TEKELE (ETH) |
|06 DEC 2009 ||2:13:05 ||AUGUSTINE RONO SEMBRI (KEN) ||1:10:30 ||AGNES KATUNGA MUTUNE (KEN) |
|07 DEC 2008 ||2:17:45 ||NELSON KIRWA ROTICH (KEN) ||1:10:17 ||CAROLINE CHEPTONUI KILEL (KEN) |
|02 DEC 2007 ||2:17:32 ||PHILIP MUIA MAKAU (KEN) ||1:11:30 ||ROMAN GEBREGESSESE (ETH) |
|26 NOV 2006 ||2:18:23 ||SAID REGRAIGUI (SWE) ||1:13:20 ||HELLEN MUSYOKA (KEN) |
|04 DEC 2005 ||2:19:35 ||JOSEPHAT NDETI (KEN) ||1:15:05 ||NAYILYA YULAMANOVA (RUS) |
|19 DEC 2004 ||2:21:22 ||DOUGLAS GWANDARU (KEN) ||1:11:59 ||JANE MUIA (KEN) |
|14 DEC 2003 ||2:16:36 ||ROBERT KIPYEGO (KEN) ||1:13:49 ||MASILA NDUNGE (KEN) |
|08 DEC 2002 ||2:23:20 ||AMBROSE MAKAU (KEN) ||1:15:52 ||NATALIYA VOLGUINA (RUS) |
|23 JAN 2000 ||2:25:17 ||FEDOR RYZHOV (RUS) ||1:18:10 ||MARGARET NGOTHO (KEN) |
|17 JAN 1999 ||2:22:54 ||ZABLON MOKAYA (KEN) ||1:29:49 ||LYUBOV FYODOROVA (RUS) |
|21 DEC 1997 ||2:25:36 ||MY TAHAR ECHCHADLI (MAR) ||1:16:42 ||ZAHRA AKRACHI (MAR) |
|12 JAN 1997 ||2:23:08 ||ABHAY SINGH (IND) ||1:20:00 ||CAMILLA BENJAMINSSON (SWE) |
|07 JAN 1996 ||2:26:16 ||JOSEPH KAHUGU (KEN) || ||LUKOSE LEELAMMA (IND) |
|18 DEC 1994 ||2:24:35 ||JOSHUA KIPKEMBOI (KEN) ||1:17:19 ||MIDDDE HAMRIN (SWE) |
|19 DEC 1993 ||2:23:23 ||ROBERT NOLAN (AUS) ||2:47:46 ||VALLY SATHYABHAMA (IND) |
|13 DEC 1992 ||2:26:34 ||SHIVKUMAR YADAV-2 ||2:51:01 ||SUMAN MEHTA (IND) |
|15 DEC 1991 ||2:23:46 ||VITHANA SAMARASINGHE (SRI) ||2:57:34 ||NANDA JADHAV-(IND) |
|23 DEC 1990 ||2:27:56 ||SHIVKUMAR YADAV (IND) ||1:17:42 ||NANDA JADHAV (IND) |
|15 JAN 1989 ||2:31:47 ||YESHWANT SINGH RAWAT (IND) ||2:58:39 ||SUNITA GODHARA (IND) |
|08 NOV 1987 ||2:29:40 ||FRANCOIS BLOMMAERTS (BEL) ||1:21:54 ||SUMAN RAWAT (IND) |
|23 NOV 1986 ||2:31:28 ||SAVIO D'SOUZA-(IND) ||1:17:09 ||KAROLINA SZABO (HUN) |
|20 OCT 1985 ||2:35:11 ||SAVIO D'SOUZA (IND) ||1:24:10 ||ASHA AGARWAL (IND) |
|14 OCT 1984 ||2:33:59 ||STEVEN MARWA (TAN) |
|25 SEP 1983 ||2:24:15 ||TOMMY PERSSON (SWE) |
Pune was initially popular as the “Oxford of the east”. It was also well known as the “Cultural capital of the state”. However in recent times since 1994, the city has catapulted to be known as the “Sports city of the country” and the credit mainly goes to the successful 28 editions of Pune International Marathon.
The marathon began way back in 1918 when the famous Deccan Gymkhana hosted the first meeting of the Indian Olympic Association. This was followed by organization of the first ever national marathon of the country in 1919. The event is still considered as a milestone in the annals of Indian Sports.
We introduce ourselves as the premier institute organizing field sports in the country since 29 years. We have been conducting the prestigious “Pune International Marathon” for the past 28 years with full zeal an enthusiasm. The PIM (Pune International Marathon) is an annual international foot race held in Pune. It all started in the year 1983; it was the first edition and the first ever Indian International Marathon. PIM attracts many International participants, who compete with national and local runners. In its 28th year, this event attracted almost over 50,000 participants from India and 35 countries around the world every year. We have approximately 15 lakh runners in the event till date including Late Rajiv Gandhi, Milkha Singh, PT Usha, Kapil Dev Leander Peas & many other dignitaries.
The record of PIM in the Men’s Category is in the name of Kenya’s Joseph Kahugu with timing of 2hrs:13min: 00 and women’s category in the name of Kenya’s Caroline Kilel with the timing 1hrs:10min: 17sec. During this journey we conducted Asian Marathon Championship in the year 2010.
The PIM event is recognized as the national championship and an international event where Indians have been brushing the shoulders with the leading International marathoners. The said event has given a boost to the Indian long distance runners and we can proudly share the name of some runners from Maharshatra namely Kavita Raut (Silver – Common Wealth Games & Asian Games); Sudha Singh (Gold – Asian Games); Mohini Raut & Rohini Raut (Gold and Silver respectively -Asian Games- Cross Country); Pooja Warade (Steeplechase- Asian Junior). This event is a boon for Maharashtra as, out of top16 national women runners 12 are from Maharashtra.
The event has a special theme every year; it is not only about sports but has a social message with a charity run. We would like to share some of the themes namely:
- Run for Fun & Fitness which created a sports culture.
- Fight against Polio.
- Run against AIDS.
- Run for Mother- Save the girl Child.
- Run for VDIS- For the publicity of income tax voluntary disclosure scheme.
- Run for Olympic Support.
- Relief fund for the Kargil Martyrs & storm affected people of Andhra Pradesh.
The dignitaries of India including the Prime Minister of Indian have flagged off the event, namely:
Late Shri. Rajiv Gandhi, Late Shri. I K Gujral, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Late Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh, Shri Shashi Tharul, Shri. Manohar Joshi, Shri. Farroq Abdullah, Shri. Vijay Goyal, Shri Mukund Wasnik, Shri. Narayan Rane etc.
The Marathon Committee has felicitated & presented the cash awards to Indian Sports Players who have brought the glory to India include:
Shri. Milkha Singh, Smt. PT Usha, Shri. Kapil Dev, Shri. Sunil Gavaskar, Shri. Dhanraj Pillay, Smt. Anju Bobby George, Shri. Prakash Padukone, Shri. Kirti Azad etc.
Some of the Indian Celebrities who share the presence in the charity event include:
Shashi Kapoor, Rakhi , Late Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Rahul Bose etc.
The PIM team has not only created a sports culture but many land marks. It started with Balewadi; we played a major role in building up the Shiv Chattrapati Krida Nagari for the National Games in 1994. We also have taken the responsibility and successfully conducted:
- The Common Wealth Youth Games, Pune-2008.
- Asian Cross Country & Asian Grand Prix meet.
- International Athletics Associations Permit meets.
- A successful Asian Athletic Championship in a record 22 days after the venue was shifted from Chennai to Pune at the eleventh hour.
- For the youth, a jumping academy at the Marathon Bhavan.
One of our major agenda is “Sportsman’s Hermitage”. This project rather the only project in the world will be for the retired old sportsmen of national/international repute who are without support to sustain them and create a shelter for them during the sunset of their life. These sportsmen will be again leading a life of respect by coaching the young generation at Hermitage coaching center. The land has already been procured and the all preliminaries before construction already completed with actual construction to start shortly. International Olympic Association Ex President Jack Rogue has congratulated us on this unique and the only project in the world.
The PIM is the People Movement of Pune for the last 28 years under the able guidance of Shri. Sharad Pawar jee - Ex. BCCI President , Shri. Suresh Kalmadi jee – Ex. President IOA, Shri. Adille Sumariwala- Ex. Olympian & Arjuna Awardee, Shri. Pralhad Sawant - Vice President AFI, Shri. Abhay Chajjed – Chattrapati Awardee, Shri. Atul Chordiya – Ex. National Moto Rider & Ex. Sq. Leader Raj Gulathi – International Weightlifting Official.