Athletics is an exclusive collection of many events like running, jumping, throwing and many more. Also, broadly classified as Track and Field, Walking and Marathon. Campus offers a full-size ground with an extra lane for Jogging. Many people including staff and students make exhaustive use of this facility and can be seen in significant numbers on ground in the evening hours.
It is an Olympic size ground with eight lanes and standard staggers for each lane. Including a runway for javelin throw and nets for throwing events. At the edge of the ground there is a pit for long jump and mattresses for High Jump and Pole Vault.
The ground was made back in early 60's for sporting activities and P.E. exercises. From then it has developed in terms of storage area, nets and seating arena.
IIT Kanpur offers a very rich sports environment that is further aided by issuing of sports equipment(high quality and standard specifications), fully functional gym, Cricket nets and a Taekwondo arena.
IIT Kanpur being one of the elite IIT's gets to host Inter IIT once in every 7 years, also every once in a while it is a host to the State level Athletics Meet, Uttar Pradesh. It also hosts Inter College festival Udghosh and Intra College festival Josh.
The Institute Team of IIT Kanpur comprises of the finest Athletes among 17 IIT's and are unbeatable from last three years as a team in all the major Athletics Meet till date. Many players of the team have repeatedly broken Inter IIT records and are closing down towards National Level Performances.
Current Captain Boys: Akash Waghela,
Current Captain Girls: Priya Yadav,
Ex-Captain: Vikrant Singh,
Ex-Captain Girls: Devi Mutyala
If it is a cliché to say athletics build character as well as muscle, then I subscribe to the cliché. – Gerald Ford, 38th President USA