We are proud to announce that Wipro partnered with the San Francisco marathon, held on 31st July 2011. The largest marathon in northern California was a resounding success, thanks to a sold-out crowd of 20,000 runners who participated in five separate events.
This exhilarating marathon is one of the most beautiful routes in the USA, and the loop course was lined by nearly 100,000 spectators who cheered the runners enthusiastically. The races began at 5:30 am, and the runners had a true San Francisco experience, with grey skies, several rock bands and musicians playing, and the chance to run on the beautiful empty streets of San Francisco and along the Golden Gate Bridge. 16 Wiproites participated in the 5K half marathon, two in the 2nd half marathon and two in the full marathon - congratulations to all our Wipro runners! Felt proud!
Our non-runner colleagues had a great time at the event as well - Ayan Mukerji and Eric Belove were Grand Marshals and held the tape at the Finish Line for the winners, and were two of the first to congratulate the winner Michael Wardian, who crossed the finish line with an unofficial time of 2:27:06. Other Wiproites manned the Wipro booth at the Marathon expo centre, helping participants register, and handing out participation bibs, sunscreen, lip balm and words of encouragement!
The event garnered extensive coverage in the media by the local ABC team and other local stations. Not far behind was coverage on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, averaging about 3-4 tweets per hour. We were gratified when several participants, spectators and other members of the community expressed their appreciation towards Wipro for sponsoring the marathon.
If you missed this year's marathon, here's a heads up - Wipro will title the San Francisco Marathon in 2012 and 2013, so mark your calendars right away! (See www.thesfmarathon.com for more details). We believe that this is just the beginning of the association of Wipro with the San Francisco Marathon, as it brings together the technology focused community event with a global player in information technology. It celebrates the spirit of the many entrepreneurial successes of individuals and reflects Wipro's ethos of giving back to the community.
Did you attend the Wipro San Francisco marathon this year? Do write back with your impressions of the event - we'd love to hear from you!