Started as an initiative to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle among its employees, the Noida Grand Marathon sponsored by Covestro India, the world renowned manufacturer of polymer materials and organized by Piku Sports (founded by Deepak and Kumud Mehra), recorded over 1000 registrations on Sunday, 5th February, 2017.

Fitness enthusiasts from various backgrounds such as IT, management, media, banking and investment, entrepreneurs, software, electronics, consumer, media, Journalism, automobile and chemical industries participated in swelling numbers in the marathon.



Continuing with their efforts to promote education for girls in India, Covestro supported Vidya and Child as its NGO partner and will sponsor their foundation program (XI, XII and beyond) for girl child education. They also invited a few girls from the institute to take part in the event. To help the NGO to spread awareness about their programme, Covestro and Piku Sports also contributed a sum of Rs. 25,000 to support girls education.

Mr. Sumeet Aggarwal, race and NGO adviser, lead organizing team member and anchor for the event, who also founded a fitness and running – Xpress Fitness & Running (XFR) Group –, says “This event captured the philosophy of our XFR group – Embrace and promote fitness and running to develop a physical and mental endurance to lead a healthy and happy life while being socially responsible towards our less privileged friends.”

Seema Gupta, News Editor, Aaj Tak, said, “It was an awesome event, good sessions before and after the run. Arrangements were perfect and running track was cool.. able to do my Personal best. Thank you organisers!”
Ravi Kant Mittal, Editor in Chief, IBC24, and COO  Sanskar Group, said “The event had all the positive energy. Good atmosphere, good track, very good arrangements.  I thoroughly enjoyed the run and did my personal best in 10km.. will be coming next year for sure.”

Richa Anirudh, the former primetime news anchor, Zindagi Live Host and KBC Expert, and one of the leading and most loved faces of Hindi television and voice of radio, who also participated in 5Km Run said, “The event was fun. Very well managed, glitch free and friendly


The sports partner of the event was Decathlon while the healthcare and venue partner was Jaypee Hospital. The other partners sponsors included; organic and wellness partner- Societe Naturelle, spa partner – ELLE Spa and Salon, hydration partner – Enerzal, digital media partner – Dainik Bhaskar, zumba partner – Elixir, running partner: Xpress Fitness & Running (XFR), fitness partner – NCC, training partner- Victorious Victor’s.

Elixir Wellness, The Zumba partner enthralled and engaged all participants wonderfully in all pre-run warm-up and cool-down sessions before and after respectively for all 5Km, 10Km, HM and FM. They all enjoyed aerobics and zumba fitness activities and also won some gifts with best performances.


Mr. Ajay Durrani, Managing Director – Indian Subcontinent, Covestro, who was one of the participants at the marathon said, “We believe in pushing boundaries in all our activities which has lead to various disruptive innovations in terms of processes as well as products. Retaining the essence of this attitude we have organised this event to encourage our employees to their limits in terms of fitness. It’s heartening to see such large number participate in this event and we will continue our endeavours to make the world a brighter place”



The second edition of Noida Grand Marathon is already announced by Piku Sports with XFR and Elixir as partner on 11.2.2018.


About Covestro Indiacovestro_logo

Covestro India is renowned manufacturer of high-tech polymer materials and innovative product solutions for key industries.

Headquartered in Thane, the company caters to key industry segments such as Automotives, Construction and Electro & Electronics through its pan India distribution network. The company is very well established in India with three manufacturing facilities across the country at Greater Noida, Ankleshwar and Cuddalore.

Covestro with its innovative products and solutions is commited to work towards the principle of sustainability.

About Covestro AG

With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2015.

About Piku Sports

pikusports_logoPiku Sports makes it all simple for you by providing sports specific training programs in an easy to follow format

Piku aspires to provide the best sports and unmatched fitness training programs for all kids regardless of their age group through daily and weekly sessions, along with special courses during school holidays. Piku’s aim is to bring modern, effective sports training techniques available to kids in most affordable price and in achievable time.

Piku Sports has accomplished professionals and certified trainers work together to develop training programs that work. For the overall development and strength improvement of the child, Piku offers various training programs in different sports like cycling, running, skating, football to name a few. Piku’s programs are designed for toddlers, young and teens.

Piku is committed towards organizing tournaments, and holding consultation talks by experts and players who share their fitness mantra and success stories, providing technical knowledge in sports while, motivating the young minds to achieve their dreams.

-NGM Team