Chennai, September, 2018: The third edition of the Kotak Wheelchair Marathon held today
received an encouraging response with enthusiastic participation from people, with and without
disability, across India. The first-of-its-kind marathon organised by the disabled witnessed the
participation of over 1500 people in three categories – the Half Marathon (21.1 km), 10 km run and
3 km run/walk.
Organised by The Spinal Foundation in partnership with Kotak Mahindra Bank, the marathon aims to
raise awareness about the importance of quality wheelchairs in empowering the lives of those
affected by spinal cord injury. The funds raised will be used towards providing 100 quality
wheelchairs to underprivileged wheelchair users.
In addition, funds will also be used to help 50 patients with spinal cord injury in flood-hit Kerala
receive quality wheelchairs.
Justin Jesudas, Race Director, International Paralympic Swimmer & Rifle Shooter said, “As the
participation by the non-disabled rises significantly in this year’s marathon, the Kotak Wheelchair
Marathon is fostering a greater degree of sensitisation in society and showcasing the importance of
equal opportunity as a necessary basic step towards Diversity & Inclusion of persons with disability
into the mainstream. And our first Run Where You Are programme has expanded the footprint of
the Kotak Wheelchair Marathon across the world. We hope to enlarge this footprint in the 2019
edition slated for the first Sunday of September next year".
V Swaminathan, Senior Executive Vice President, Kotak Mahindra Bank said, “It is inspiring to see the
overwhelming response that the Kotak Wheelchair Marathon has received. This marathon stands for
inclusion, as well as for the strength and determination to overcome adversities, no matter how
challenging, that one faces in life. ”
Participants ran alongside Major D P Singh, India’s first Blade Runner and Justin Jesudas,
International Paralympic Swimmer & Rifle Shooter. Shailesh Kumar, India’s fastest half marathoner
on a wheelchair joined at the finish point having completed 42.195 km (full marathon) in 3 hours 47
minutes as part of an IIT Madras research-project run. This is the first full marathon in India by a
The event saw participation from over 300 people with disability from Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Odisha,
Jharkhand, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Nepal. In
addition, under the Run Where You Are programme, runners participated from many places in India,
the USA, Thailand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
About The Spinal Foundation
The Spinal Foundation is the Pan-India Self-Help Group for people with spinal cord injury with the
vision to enhance their quality of life (Helpline 1800 425 1210 and www.thespinalfoundation.in).
About Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited
Established in 1985, Kotak Mahindra Group is one of India's leading financial services conglomerates.
In February 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. (KMFL), the Group's flagship company, received
banking license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), becoming the first non-banking finance
company in India to convert into a bank – Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
Effective April 1, 2015, ING Vysya Bank Ltd. merged with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. As on June 30,
2018, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, has a national footprint of 1,391 branches and 2,231 ATMs. The
Bank has four Strategic Business Units – Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking
and Treasury, which cater to retail and corporate customers across urban and rural India.
For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.kotak.com