Tuesday, 18 June 2024


A colorful treat awaits Kolkata at TSK25K 2023

Staff Reporter –

Tata Steel Kolkata 25K unveils Run in Costume Contest, a vibrant fusion of athleticism and pop culture.

Embrace your favourite characters from comics, movies, anime, gaming, or TV shows and race on a track as dynamic as the city’s pulse.

Join the global phenomenon of cosplay at the all-awaited 2023 Tata Steel Kolkata 25K to be held on Sunday, December 17.

Celebrate the dynamic art form and the growing subculture that transcends borders.

A testament to our commitment to embracing pop culture in all its forms.

Express your fandom! The Run in Costume contest invites Kolkata’s passionate fans to showcase creativity, skills, and love for beloved characters.

The contest will be judged by Prantika Das, Actress and Model along with serious Kolkata cosplayer, Asmita Ghosh aka Chiropteran Queen.

Be part of the ultimate platform for cosplayers. Sprint to the finish for not just the run’s thrill but also for fabulous prizes, cash rewards, and the title of Kolkata’s Run in Costume Champion.

Sync with the city’s beat in a fitness and fandom spectacle.

Ananda Run participants, Hurry, and register to let your imagination dash toward the dazzling finish line. Ready, set, cosplay dash – let the adventure begin through the heart of Kolkata!

Run in Costume is open to Ananda Run participants ONLY.


  1. Individuals: Three individual winners as 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be selected by the judges present.
  2. Group: Three winning groups as 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be selected by the judges present. A contesting group needs to have a minimum of 5 members or more.


Individual Contestants:
Position                Cash Prize
1st                          ₹ 30,000
2nd                        ₹ 20,000
Group Contestants:
Position                Cash Prize
1st                          ₹ 40,000
2nd                        ₹ 30,000


This competition is open to all skill levels and accounts for presentation, showmanship, stage presence and the visible effort to handmake your own costume. This contest has pre-qualification rules and includes segments for both walk-ons.

Participation: See the ‘How to participate’ section

Awards: Awards are issued immediately following a brief intermission after the contest. Entertainment will be provided during intermission, so make sure to stay put and see if your favourites won!

Contest Rules

Everyone hates rules, but here’s a necessary evil. So, here’s everything you need to know about being in Run In Costume.


  • You must be registered for the Ananda Run at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K
  • Each contestant (individual or group) must have a marathon bib pinned to the front of their costume. Your bib number must be always clearly visible.
  • When you sign up for this contest you agree to read and abide by all rules as posted. If you don’t, bad stuff happens, and we may have to disqualify you or worse. Let’s just avoid this hassle.
  • We, and by ‘we’ I mean our Judges, Volunteers staff or really any Procam staff, reserve the right to refuse entry or participation to anyone for any reason. We also reserve the right not to explain it to you if you are being difficult.
  • Participants can take part only in ONE of the two contest categories.

Contest Rules & Guidelines

  • Run In Costume is a clean environment. Severely offensive language and overt sexual humour is not cool. Be clever, not crass. Judgment on the appropriateness of material is left to the discretion of our judges and Procam staff.
  • Body-paint costumes are not eligible for craftsmanship. Nudity not acceptable under any circumstance.
  • No part of your cosplay or costume should be able to cause injury to someone who accidentally runs into you. Make sure all sharp edges and pointy bits have been capped, taped, or are appropriately dulled!
  • Any signs or symbols that can be characterized as hate symbols or signs of discrimination cannot be displayed. This includes any symbol that is widely accepted as a symbol of oppression, hatred, or violence towards a specific group of people.
  • Be respectful to other cosplay entrants, judges, and the volunteers. Unruly or disruptive behaviour at the event venue, during pre-judging, or during the contest is not permitted and entrants associated with this behaviour will be disqualified.
  • Entrants must be able to enter and exit the stage quickly on their own. If your costume/prop is too big for you to get on and off the stage by yourself easily, you may bring a friend to assist you. Your friend must also be a Tata Steel Kolkata 25K participant.
  • Your costume and props must be able to pass metal detectors, baggage scanners and the scrutiny of our venue security personnel.
  • No real weapons will be permitted as props. All props must pass the scrutiny of our security personnel. 
  • Each Individual and Group will have a maximum of 45 seconds to present their costume. No skits allowed.
  • Only 2 microphones will be provided for your presentation.
  • All government, state, city, and local laws/regulations must be adhered to in addition to the rules listed above. If you can’t wear it on the street or do it in public legally, you can’t do it at Run In Costume either.
  • Decision of judge/s on the number of winners declared shall be final and binding on all.
  • Post your presentation, make sure to take back everything that came with you, including yourself. This is not a dumping ground.


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