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More than the Runners’ high-The Zendurance Nashik Spirit run experience

The prospect of running amidst the vineyards was too tempting to resist especially when it was just a 4 hour drive from Mumbai. This was despite the fact we had just finished a half marathon the previous Sunday at the exuberant Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon.

We had first heard about the Zendurance Nashik Spirit run in October post our monthly meet with the Mumbai Road runners (MRR). Runners could register either for the 21k, 10.5 k or 5 k and it was a race amidst the famous Sula Vineyards where participants were entitled to a complimentary wine tasting tour in the grape capital of India. Not wanting to do a back to back 21 k, we signed up for the 10.5 k race, deciding to enjoy the panoramic view of the forest and vineyards.

It was a beautiful drive from Mumbai. Having started early Saturday morning, we managed to escape the traffic snarls and found ourselves in the amphitheatre of Sula Vineyards by noon, where we collected our bibs. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the entire place had an international feel to it. We were greeted warmly by the founder of Zendurance, Mr. Ashish Shah and one of the organisers Sushmith, who engaged in a friendly chatter about their event. Incidentally, they also organise the Ladakh run in July which is an entire week package in order to help runners acclimatize to the Himalayan region before their run.

We decided to take the wine tasting tour on Saturday to avoid the rush that was anticipated post the race the next day. After being briefed about the intricacies of wine making, we were allowed to sample 5 different kinds of wine. Feeling a little high already, probably the onset of the runners’ high to be followed the next day, we headed out to our hotel. Ginger Hotel proved to be the best option as it was situated just 15 mins away from the start point at Sula.

Sunday dawned with a pleasant chill in the air. The holding area was nice and peppy, brimming with runners, music and warm ups. The race for the 10 k runners flagged off just 5 mins after the 21 k run.   From the word go, we set off like wild horses let loose in the meadows. The trail was a rocky terrain with huge gravels sticking out as though they wanted our attention, which they certainly got. We had to constantly look at the ground as one slight stumble would throw us off balance, bruising ourselves and our self-esteem in the process. The slopes slowly presented themselves to us as we went up and down to reach a vast lake to our right. Surrounded by dense shrubs, trees and grass all over, the stillness in the woods had a mesmerising feel to it.

Now a trail run is quite different from running on city roads where the crowd is up and early to cheer us runners which motivates us when we are on the verge of giving up. Besides the water points stationed by volunteers every 2.5 km, there wasn’t a single soul on the side-lines to pep us. We were pretty much on our own with just nature for company.

We could feel the trees and hills watching every step of ours, probably with amusement to see many 2 legged creatures huffing and puffing in their domain. After the 5.5 km mark, we descended downhill and got a beautiful glimpse of an orange ball in the sky. The sun was making its way into the horizon and the sky began to exhibit a beautiful glow. The shrubs around us developed a certain sparkle. Sights like these are probably nature’s way of cheering us runners to continue with our run, as they are unable to communicate the human language. Taking such cues, we continued our strides and by now it had become slightly warm. The vineyards were in our vicinity, waiting to embrace us post our run. We soon reached the finish line where the founder-Ashish Shah stood there cheering and clapping for every runner who had successfully conquered the mystical woods.

The medals were garlanded instantly with a warm smile from the volunteers who directed us towards the breakfast counter. We were treated to a sumptuous box of poha and idlis which catered to the hungry runner’s appetites. As more runners streamed in, the venue soon turned into a party place and the DJ began to churn out popular Bollywood tracks and remixes. The entire community of runners broke into a jig as they let their hair down in jubilation and relief of having run through a tough trail.

The Zendurance Nashik Spirit run truly lived up to its name as it left the runners in high spirits and this was not necessarily because of that 1 bottle of wine. It may have been an arduous trail, certainly not a route to get your PBs, yet it left that million dollar smile on our faces which is why it’s an event to be added to every runner’s bucket list.

Thank you Ashish, Sushmith, volunteers, pacers, photographers for a great experience at Sula Vineyards. Look forward to coming back again next year.

A family that runs together-The Vasai Virar Mayor’s Marathon experience

When you have the roads washed for you the day before, volunteers who wake up wee hours of the morning to hand over the necessary refreshments at regular intervals; the village folk sacrificing their Sunday morning sleep to cheer for you, then you have no reason to complain even when the weather Gods are not exactly at their best.

Despite light showers the day before, Sunday, November 22nd-the day of the Vasai Virar Mayors’ Marathon, still exhibited some humidity in the air. The start line was jubilant with all the Djs and bands playing tracks. The song ‘Bhaag Milka Bhaag’ was enough to make get us going, determined to put our best feet forward. After running just 2 kms, we were surprised to find ourselves drenched with perspiration. Did the calender just turn back to May? No time for such thoughts as we saw the board saying ‘water point 100 metres away. ‘Thanking our stars we rushed to replenish ourselves with enerzal and water which the helpful volunteers handed over with a reassuring look.

Within a short while, around the 7 km mark, we got a glimpse of the breaking dawn as sunrise slowly began to make its way. Just as we were down on our energy levels, we began to spot runner friends, some of them doing the full marathon. A hi five, wave and a smile was enough to set our spirits soaring as we raced past with renewed vigour, well in time to pose obligingly for the chirpy photographers who clicked away as we continued our strides. What an amazing set of people, to wake up and travel this far, only because they could treat us runners with sweet memories of our run, not to mention the eye catching display pictures for our profiles on social media.

 

As we continued our journey, we found the atmosphere to be nothing less than a carnival. Bands playing, colourful balloons adorned on the road sides, school kids doing their little cheer, lending out their hand in anticipation for a hi five that would make their day, laying yellow flowers for us, handing out bananas, biscuits and their own refreshments. The old and the young folk of the Vasai village kept clapping with exuberance, encouraging us runners to keep going. Volunteers who were present at regular intervals handed over the ice pack/ sponge and sprays to ensure that we runners had a comfortable journey to the finish line. It was welcoming to find aid stations at almost every kilometre. Such unsolicited support from volunteers, crowd and the photographers gave us enough incentive to run with zest and banish those questions that kept creeping in time and again “why did I decide to run this one?”

That reminds me of a few questions I am often asked by non-runners-“How can you keep running? Isn’t it boring? What’s so special about running marathons?”

Well one thing is to experience the runners high, the feeling of setting a target for yourself and achieving it, the congratulatory messages after you get your medal, is all fine. But when you are running towards your goal, you realize that there are others who sacrifice so many things so that they can help you achieve your goal. Right from the organizers, volunteers, photographers, pacers to the crowd- they sacrifice their sleep so that they can come and hand over your refreshments, click your pictures to brighten up your day and cheer you up, when you are almost on the verge of giving up your run. Taking all this into consideration, you realize you are not alone in your journey and it gives you enough incentive and enthusiasm to think of signing up for the next race, no sooner than you have crossed the finish line of the present one.

Coming back to the Vasai Virar run, we soon reached the finish line and were greeted with pats on our backs by the volunteers who personally attended to each of us asking if we were ok and guiding us towards the medals. It was a welcome treat to find a sumptuous breakfast awaiting us, thanks to the suggestion by the Mumbai Road Runners-the running group whom we run from Bandra to NCPA every first Sunday of the month. The Poha and sheera catered to our famished runners’ appetites as they just melted in our mouths. It was a brilliant and a thoughtful suggestion, considering that we runners were up from 3:00 am and travelled far and wide to run this race. It was certainly needed to replenish our depleted energy levels.

Meeting and embracing runner friends post breakfast, posing for pics added to the celebrations. It may not have been the ideal winter weather, which would have restricted many from achieving a good time leading to inevitable disappointments, yet the entire experience of running through amidst the ecstatic and electrical atmosphere was worth the journey. Despite these little drawbacks, we runners went home a satisfied lot. Guess it’s the journey which makes it more memorable than the destination.

A big thanks to all the volunteers, photographers, organizers, the pacers, the crowd and fellow runners for making this event a joyful and memorable one.

On Cloud 9-9 km 9 days 9 colours- My Navran Experience

Its been 28 days since I completed Navran-where we runners ran 9 km for those 9 days during navratri wearing 9 different colours. Reminiscing the journey of running 81 km in 9 days while gearing up for the upcoming marathon season the commences from Nov 22nd.

81 km in 9 days?? That sounded like running an ultra-marathon only difference being that this distance was spread over a generous 9 days. What was I thinking when I accepted this challenge by my runners group? Mumbai Road runners (MRR) the group with whom I run 21 km every 1st Sunday of the month, came up with this fun initiative called ‘Navran’ during Navratri. While several people fasted and did their religious rituals-the only religion we runners know and follow is running. So why not run 9 km for those 9 days wearing 9 different colour t shirts akin to Navratri? An interesting concept but a challenging one undoubtedly. Being mostly a half marathoner, with only 1 full marathon to my credit, I was wondering how to go about this daunting task. But my mind was made up as I clicked on the ‘going ‘button of the event page feeling determined to test my endurance levels.

My first step was to assemble the 9 different coloured T shirts prescribed for those 9 days. The second was to set up a running app and record the distance and time as a proof of the run. I also set up the photo grid app as each of the participant had to post their photo along with the distance everyday on the event page. The eve of Navratri had arrived. I could barely sleep just thinking about the excitement that was awaiting me for the next 9 days.

The first day dawned nice and bright pertaining to the colour of the day-red. This bright shade exuded energy and positivity which was displayed in my running form as I cracked 10 km in an hours’ time. Not a bad start at all. Day 1 of ‘Navran’ was completed successfully. Being someone who isn’t comfortable with selfies, the hardest part of this entire challenge was finding someone to take your picture post the run. But the humble request accompanied with a sweet smile worked wonders as people willingly obliged. I instantly uploaded the photo with my distance and time on the event page. It received a tremendous response which was completely unexpected and that’s probably what made it overwhelming.

Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 went by successfully and I had run 54 km so far. Each of those colours reflected the particular state of mind which influenced that day’s energy levels with regards to my run. Ink blue made me feel royal as I conquered the road feeling like a queen. Yellow made me feel as though I possessed the sun’s rays and my body felt like a grid harnessing solar power as my energy levels were spiked for some reason that particular day as I clocked 9 km in 63 mins. Green made me feel like one amidst nature basking in the glory of the environment and surroundings. Grey was a colour that reflected my mood to that of a sober one allowing that little imp of a self-doubt to creep into my brain for a short while only to be banished as I sported an orange T shirt the next day.

Everyday my posts would be received with encouragement and cheer from my friends. It was amazing how everyone shared your journey in their own special way, and encouraged you to complete this challenge with gusto. The last 3 days of Navran were left. By now energy levels for some reason were still high and the positive comments and feedback seemed to spike them up even more, giving some stiff competition to Gatorade and Enerzal. The colours white, pink and sky blue left me feeling calm, peaceful and serene as I ran the last stretch of Navran successfully.

Was it relief, joy, elation or a sense of accomplishment?? I couldn’t tell. Maybe a cocktail of all these emotions as I actually felt the runner’s high to an extent that could probably put 9 glasses of beer to shame.

Now the fun part of this entire journey was getting to see fellow runner participants post their photos, cheering and encouraging them to get through these 9 days. Most of them were veterans and seniors yet their enthusiasm levels were as contagious as that of a child’s. Deriving inspiration from such fun loving beings was one of the factors that kept me going during this festive season. Did I ever feel like giving up? Not once. I realized that once you set your goal, you sort of found your purpose even if it was for a short term, which makes you feel alive as you welcome each day with a new found zest. The runner in me continued to feel alive, despite the humidity levels and despite the fact that my work as a journalist doubled up with the number of personalities I had to interview that month. Each day was a challenge by itself but something in the air kept that positive spirit and the never say die attitude in me.

I realized that every stride was accompanied with the feeling of elation and these 9 days enabled me to discover why I enjoyed running so much. The free spirit in me thrived on this limitless bountiful journey that Navran capitalised, allowing me to actually embrace this beautiful gift called life. Do I feel drained? Far from it. In fact I now know what it is like to be on cloud 9!! And the journey continues….

Perks of running marathons no one told you about by Dr. Vandana Rajesh

PERKS OF RUNNING MARATHONS NO ONE TOLD YOU ABOUT
I started training for running half marathons in 2011, mostly due to lack of challenges in life- which any crazy type A mum of crazier two year old type A twins (I’m sure about this one!) would understand!!
My existence had gone from being a fulfilled medical professional to a 24 hour dairy farm and a sleep deprived nut farm!
And the benefits of pounding the streets at 5 AM to blaring music were more than I was prepared for! Of course there are the benefits even the non-runners are bored to death over. Having a great body, getting all those likes on all those running pics after every run, blah blah blah. But there are these benefits no one told me about!!
1. Knowledge
Deep deep knowledge. How much and how to hydrate and carbohydrate how many hours before each run. Intense information on the benefits of running shoeless, shirtless, braless, padless, and you-name-it-less! Information on all kinds of diets … freegan to vegan and everything in between. As you can see everyone can write after that! At least a blog if not a book!
2. Partying… Runner’s style
There will be parties after running, and you will be subjected to running after partying! (Yes, we have suffered some drunk guy races as well)
3. Eating/ Drinking/ Breakfast places
Since all the runners are complete foodies, you will become a completely updated gastronomical genius!
4. Hobbies
You will pick up at least one of these from your runner friends along the way. Writing, photography, baking, cooking, painting, sailing, surfing, golfing. You see runners are an interesting lot!
5. Other forms of fitness
Cycling, swimming, trekking, weight training, pilates, zumba. And here you will arrive at a point, where people will begin to doubt your sanity.
6. The joys of match making
If not for yourself, for the others. Please no queries on personal chats for this one! Unfortunately all my attempts at playing Cupid have so far been unsuccessful (so far….)
7. Marathon tourism
Here’s your opportunity to travel on the pretext of running a marathon. Places you would otherwise not want to and places you have always wanted to… From Satara to Switzerland, Bombay to Berlin, Chennai to China, Leh to London!!
8. Forging great friendships
This is especially close to my heart. I have made friends with the most remarkable people, and had unforgettably good times! Running and otherwise!
9. Events and groups
Introduction to events like Bandra NCPA and groups like MRR. MRR was great help in getting started and staying motivated. From the Hal Higdon charts to running routes, got prompt responses to all my queries. Got running company and running events. Got my clever little tips from how to stuff shoes with papers to run the next rainy day and how to runner-knot my shoe laces! And somewhere when time management became an issue, I got hooked onto Bandra NCPA runs for their fuss free organisation. Most of the half marathons were way too far out, some were poorly organised. Bandra NCPA always started on time, had among the best routes in Bombay a person could choose, and fantastic company! Followed by the usual happy jubilant pictures, breakfast with running buddies and camaraderie.
10. Last but not the least. You can get people to read stuff you write… Which no one would otherwise!!
JJ Have a great day!!
Dr. Vandana Rajesh.

Run Mumbai Run – article in Mid-Day

Article in Mid-Day dated 27th October, 2015 by Dipanjan Sinha

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/health-social-media-savvy-mumbaikars-run-together/16635183

A long-distance run was once a solitary activity; lonesome silhouettes would rhythmically jog through roads before the crack of dawn with little company or cheering. But now, with social media and the increased popularity of hitting the tarmac, the Mumbai runner is no longer flying solo in his/her achievements to cover that extra mile or to improve timings. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/health-social-media-savvy-mumbaikars-run-together.

New-age running apps like Runkeeper and Runtastic and social media platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter have turned this community into a close knit one, where they share hurdles, achievements, and routes across a space-starved metropolis. Be it Thane or Borivali, Shivaji Park or Worli, city runners are going the extra mile to help others with routes (check map) and challenges, and to announce upcoming events, informs Mumbai-based runner, Girish Mallya, who some of his running comrades call the Running King of Mumbai. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/health-social-media-savvy-mumbaikars-run-together.

Mallya, 39, a marathon runner for 15 years now, has completed several marathons, multi-stage ultra marathons and completed the Marathon Des Sables, titled the toughest footrace in the world. He says that they announce all major events on Facebook and Twitter. New runners from different parts of the city get help from the other: be it how to treat knee pain after a long run or what could be a possible running route in congested parts of Santacruz. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/health-social-media-savvy-mumbaikars-run-together.

“We post details such as timing on social media platforms. For details about the run, I use apps like Runkeeper, which is now very popular in India and hence a lot of my friends are on it. I also use Pumatrac, which has good social media integration,” informs the media professional. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/health-social-media-savvy-mumbaikars-run-together.

City on the run
Mallya is a part of the Facebook group Mumbai Road Runners that has 3,527 members and is bustling with activity about upcoming running events like the Bandra NCPA Half Marathon powered by Tirumala Mulund 10K Run on November 1. “Mumbai Road Runners is one of the premier Facebook groups that connects several runners in the city and away. But there are smaller groups spread across the city that connects runners from those areas,” he adds.

In the far-flung eastern suburbs, Kalyan Dombivli Runners (KDR) has a promising 167 members. A member of this group, Mandar Kakade, a 33-year-old finance professional, informs that they usually train on the Badlapur highway. “The stretch is of almost 19 km with good inclines necessary for training. We train there every Sunday. We also have a Whatsapp group where we talk about various events to participate in, the experiences during the run and post-run feedback.

There are plenty of motivational ideas exchanged on the Whatsapp group. Planning for events is also done on this platform,” he says. Another member of the group, Devendra Mane, a 30-year-old insurance professional, informs that the Kalyan-Dombivli stretch offers many short practice routes as well.
People living in Andheri are not left out either. The Lokhandwala Running Club in Andheri meets at Lokhandwala Jogger’s Park and heads off from there. “We meet every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 6 am at the entrance of Lokhandwala Joggers Park. We have running routes ranging from 6k to 21k. Rain or shine, we have no off days,” Darshan Divakaran, from the club, says.

Suburban cool
Those in Thane and Navi Mumbai, seem to be blessed with scenic routes that draw people from the more coveted real estate zones for a run. Sunil Gwalani, 49, a motivational speaker from Thane informs that the route in Upvan, Thane (W) is lined with trees and climbs up to 1,300 ft, thereby testing the runner’s endurance. “The route is not just popular with Thane’s residents but also attracts a lot of runners from south Mumbai,” he adds. Amlesh Karle, 40, a chemical engineer from Thane who runs with a group, who call themselves Runtastic, agrees, saying, “The social media groups keep the running community together by initiating various activities like Navrun where many of us ran 9 km for nine days in a row. We runners are now a big and beautiful extended family.”
However, the stretch that starts from Carter Road in Bandra and winds its way down to NCPA in Nariman Point, via the regular route of the Mumbai Marathon —Mahim Causeway, Cadell Road, Shivaji Park, Prabhadevi, Worli Sea Face, Haji Ali, Peddar Road, Babulnath, and Marine Drive — remains popular.
Route of the matter

Ram Venkatraman, who is a moderator of Mumbai Road Runners, and has been running in different parts of the city for several years, now, informs us of a perfect stretch inside the Aarey Colony’s forest that is under constant threat from development and possible transformation into a cluster of high-rises. “We run beyond the New Zealand hostel, which is a strenuous climb for about 1 km and then further there is another beautiful patch of 1 km climbing up to the Aarey Guest House. People who run or walk or cycle inside Aarey Colony are amazed that such a beautiful green part of Mumbai also exists,” the 53-year-old company secretary shares.

Some runners, however, are not very comfortable about making their routes public by posting them on social media. Shakti Salgaokar, a 31-year-old writer who mostly runs in Dadar, says, “I do use apps like Runtastic to train because it gives me good feedback on my running but I am averse to posting routes on social media for security concerns. I share it in closed groups or among friends.”
Run Alert

The Bandra NCPA Half Marathon powered by Tirumala Mulund 10K will be organised on Sunday, November 1 at 5.15 am from Bandra.

Mumbai Runners (monthly) Ritual by Shyam Sunder

Shyam Sunder shares his MRR – Bandra to NCPA experience………
Three years ago, when Swami of IRIS introduced me to MRR and Bandra-NCPA run, I didn’t realise that it was going to be an integral part of my training schedule. Initially, I did only a couple of these runs every year, but over the period I have found that there is some kind of magic that attracts runners like me from Navi Mumbai to come all the way to Bandra for these training runs. In fact, I am happy to say that I have not missed any single Bandra NCPA monthly run this year so far. What makes this training run click? First of all, it is a training run, that tries to simulate the conditions of a HM race. At the same time, you run at your pace without the pressure of racing. Secondly, the route is a familiar terrain for all those who have done SCMM. On a Sunday, when the traffic is less, you can have a peaceful run along this well-known and enjoyable route that also includes running along the Worli and Chowpatty sea face. More than these, what strikes any newcomer to this run is the sincerity of the organisers (like Ram, Giles, and many others) and the dedication of volunteers, who help out at the water stations and photographers, who make every one of these runs memorable. You pay just 50 or 100 rupees and get this kind of service- and even sumptuous breakfast sometimes- whenever the run is powered by a sponsor. It is all the more remarkable, when we think of other running events, where the organisers fleece the participants to the tune of Rs.800 to Rs.1000 without providing any reasonable services. So, it makes even economic sense to ditch expensive outstation trips for marathons and choose Bandra NCPA runs instead. That is precisely, what I have been doing these days. I am impressed by the fact that this training run always starts on time- exactly at 5.30 am, whether there is sufficient quorum or not. Another important offshoot of coming to Bandra-NCPA runs is that we get to know the who’s who of Mumbai runners. Personally, I have had the good fortune to rub shoulders with some of the finest runners in this town and enjoy there comraderie. MRR tries to make this run a fun run. At the end of the run, there are always some surprises. May be it is a lottery to win an MRR tee or it is to honour some interesting running personality. I will always remember the day, when MRR surprised me and Amit Yadav (of Navi Mumbai) by offering us flower bouquets for our podium performance in the Thane Hiranandani HM. These are some of the interesting aspects of Bandra-NCPA organised by MRR that makes me canvass for it among runners in Navi Mumbai. This is precisely the reason, so many runners from distant places come all the way to be a part of this what I may call MRR – “Mumbai Runners( monthly) Ritual”. –

MRR’s mascot Kani

Report in Mid-Day of 20th September, 2015 about MRR mascot dog Kani.

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Kani, the road runner
IF you’re a runner with the Mumbai Road Runners, you’d know that no race is complete without Kani, the endearing mongrel, who happily dashes the entire stretch of 19 km from Bandra to NCPA, Nariman Point, with them. Kani, who lost his eyesight in 2013 after being attacked by strays, doesn’t let that come in the way of his love for running.

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Anchal Mundkur

She’s the PYT with the SUV. Besides being a consistent runner over the years, Anchal also volunteers regularly on our Bandra NCPA runs. Those who know her would say that she runs hard and parties harder. MRR caught up with Anchal to get a brief insight into her running world.

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1. How did your initiation into running happen? And when?
About 4 years ago, I would see these super fit people running at all times of the day, in the streets and parks of Hong Kong. They all looked so good and made it look so effortless that I soon deluded myself into thinking that I could do it too.

2. What was the reason you got into running?
So that I could beat that annoying person on the next treadmill and of course to look like those runners they show in the movies. Still waiting for the latter.

3. What was your initial experience when you started running in Mumbai in terms of weather, people’s response the roads, traffic and crowds?
I thought nobody runs in Mumbai, other than for trains and busses. After all there is no place to run! Initially it was a bit daunting and awkward, cos everywhere you look you get that smile-less stare from everyone. Luckily I get to run on a beach and am saved from weaving through traffic, which in any case is very minimal in the early hours. Most of the year, the weather is just plain cruel – but you just get used to it and get a little stronger, one humid day after another.

4. How did you hear about Bandra NCPA monthly run? Any memorable or funny moments?
I heard about it through Anjali (Patwardhan) if I remember right. It’s not at all funny when every single person in the group overtakes me, every time!

5. A word on your association with Mumbai Road Runners and Bandra-NCPA run
MRR is an amazing group of runners who warmly embrace each and every runner irrespective of their running credentials. Being a lone runner of sorts and not having a coach or formal running group, these once a month Bandra – NCPA group runs give me that sense of being a part of the running community (without any of the drama 😉 , and it’s here that I have met some really great people and made some seriously awesome friends!

BNP Endurathon-2015

Held on: 18, July 2015

Location: Borivali National Park, Borivali East

Race Categories: 12.5K and 25k

Toilet Facilities: At frequent Intervals

Rating Sample Size: 225+

Women Friendly: 69% voted women friendly, 29% voted neutral

The BNP Endurathon terrain has been rated as tough. The 25km race involves doing the same loop twice. This year the absence of any rains ensured a higher suffer score. Even some experienced runners and pacers failed in meeting their target time.

The scenic route winds from the beginning of the Borivali National park all the way up the hill to Kanheri Caves. 87% of the participants described the route as scenic and panoramic.

The organisers also conducted a Running Matters Workshop and a complimentary post race leg massage for the runners which was greatly appreciated by over 85% of the participants.

The organisers should consider using another timing service provider for future editions.

The ratings below are only for both the 12.5Km and the 25Km race. The goal of the rating system is to enable you are a runners to have a fair idea of what to expect when signing up for a race.  We have also kept the scoring specific to Pre-race, Race and Post Race activities.

Last but not the least the ratings are based on survey filled by participants of the Race. The  ratings are based on a total score of 10 (10 being the best).  A score of 8 and above makes the race an excellent one. If you haven’t voted so far feel free to put in your votes in the comments section.

Should you run when you are sick?

We runners hate missing our workouts. More often than not we try to make-up a missed workout or do the next run even harder.

However there are days when we fall sick. This brings up a lot of questions.  Should I still train or attempt that race? Will I lose my fitness if I don’t run? Should I take some medication and continue with my run?

In many cases a serious runner would think of more reasons to run than not too. And sometimes a bad decision results in disaster.

A general rule followed in case of sickness is called the “neck rule”. Symptoms below the neck like chest cold, bronchial infection, body aches means you should avoid training. While a running nose, sneezing do not pose a significant risk. Of course a fever means no running at all.

For more please refer to this link.