Delhi Half Marathon

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Anyone there who is preparing for the half marathon in Delhi ? I noticed that someone posted a thread on the Indore Run on 1st May'05\. There were 50 views and no replies. Any PG runners in Delhi ? :grab: I am currently running 11 kms i...
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Anyone running for the Delhi International marathon on 12th Feb 2006. Today is the last date to register. You can also do it online in a few seconds.

Marathon Website : www.delhimarathon.com

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Hi Curtz and others,

I finally was able to run for the longest distance I have ever run, 21.097 Kms, but at a slow jogger's pace of 8 Kms/hr. Just like Curtz said, Delhi had come out in its best spirits. For a change I saw smiling cops, cheering the runners while they were manning the route. The arrangement was making the runners feel like special people with all the non runners being diligently kept away from the roads 😃 There was also the television crew sitting on the edge of a chopper, all excited, so much so that at times they used to raise a dust storm by flying too low over the ground. There were people from all walks of life, representing all age groups right from a 3 year old kid to a few octogenarians.

Inspite of being a late riser, I reached the venue, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 7:00 AM. The fresh early morning air was full of excitement with people stretching and warming up in the assembly area. Amongst the group there were world class athletes, corporates, teams from the defense services and not to miss running enthusiasts like me, all geared up to run for Delhi. I tried to soak in the atmosphere but there was too much action all around and all I could manage was a few glimpses of people who had turned up in their best of spirits and costumes. There were those occasional glimpses of I Pods, MP3 players and cell phones attached to the hands free earplugs. Quite interesting to note how running can be such a fun thing to do.

Our race was flagged off at 7:45 AM by celebrities and renowned sports personalities who were also there to cheer for Delhi. The crowd scattered into groups of 2s and 3s by the time we took the first turn after about 200 meters from the starting point. I spotted the first Kingfisher water station (Thanks Kingfisher for providing all the runners with water and electral) after about 500 meters and then there was one after every 2 Kms or so. There were parked ambulances, courtesy Escorts group of hospitals, with waiting doctors although I hope they didn't get too much work on a Sunday morning.

The Half Marathon started at Nehru stadium and went via Sai Baba Mandir, Lodi Road, The Oberois, Mathura Road, Purana Qila, Pragati Maidan, WHO office on Outer Ring Road, Vikas Minar, Raj Ghat, Firozeshah Kotla Stadium, ITO, Tilak Marg, Mandi House, Le Meridien Hotel, Rail Bhawan, North Block/Raisina Hill, Vijay Path, India Gate, Zakir Hussain Marg, Khan Market, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and back to JLN stadium.

On a busy traffic day I would have taken the same amount of time traveling to all these places in a public transport as I took jogging past them. While I was returning back, the Great Delhi run was already in progress and there was a huge crowd of more than 15,000 people walking and running the 7 Kms race. I was pleasantly surprised to read in the newspaper today that some proposals for friendship were also exchanged and accepted in that group of young and pretty looking people ;)

I noticed an interesting thing around the midway point of the marathon. An elderly man from "Surat" wearing a dress colored in the Indian tricolor was offering "Relispray" to lady runners but was politely telling the male runners " Sorry, Khatam ho gaya, thoda sa hi bacha hai" :). It was interesting how he was still cajoled to spray the tiring knees. There were lots of people who were running sprints interspersed with long walks. Good strategy for people who were new to the world of long distance running.

I finished 438th out of an approximate running population of about 5000 enthusiasts. I hope that next time around I would improve my speed and timing to finish amongst the top 100, atleast. Wish me luck for that J

Some of the T-shirts said Are you running? as though cajoling the walkers to pick up speed. Let me say now, Did you run?
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i started..i ran...nearly fainted :grin: ...but at last completed the great delhi run :grin::grin: ... n must say it was gr8....i have never seen delhi in such a gr8 mood...in one word it was AWESOME :)

ciao..


looks like u guys had a blast 😃

where are the pics?? :whatthat:


Anish
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i started..i ran...nearly fainted :grin: ...but at last completed the great delhi run :grin::grin: ... n must say it was gr8....i have never seen delhi in such a gr8 mood...in one word it was AWESOME :)

ciao..

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am running in da great del marathon with da bib.. 19811 ...with a support udayan care white t-shirt..hope to meet ppl there...

ciao..

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Got my bib and champion chip from JLN stadium for the Half Marathon. Hope to see you all on 16th Morning..Half Marathon starts at 7:45 AM so I would try to come back by the time the great delhi run gets flagged off ;)
Btw, I would wearing a T-shirt from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and a camel color capris, just in case you happen to run/see Half Marathon

Any of you planning to go to JLN stadium to collect your goodies please don't forget to carry a Photo ID. Also, Saturday seems to be a good day to go for collecting stuff as untill then there seems to be some chaos in the registered runners' database. I heard quite a few people frantically calling Hutch customer care as their name was not showing in the database inspite of the fact that their payments had been accepted.

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Anyone there who has got the acceptance letter with the Bib Number ? I am struggling to get the stuff, except that I would run with the Bib # 622, inspite of the fact that it would be a month long wait on 13th Oct.

Btw, so far my practice has only made me run 18 kms in 2hrs 20 minutes at the speed of 7.8 kms/hr(pathetically slow) and when I tried to increase the speed I ran 12 kms in 1 hr 10 minutes(10.34 km/hr). I am still a long way to go before I reach my speed goal of 14 kms/hr and am able to run for an hour and a half at that speed. Anyone else preparing for the half marathon? Is there anyone out there who could throw in some comparative stats?

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many ppl from IMI will be running that day...i'll be one of em n also other pagals will also be there...afaik iift is also running in a grp...hope to meet u all there..n will keep dis thread updated..

ciao..

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Hello everyone,

Thanks for keeping this thread alive and infact sharing your thoughts from Mumbai and Bangalore :)..I am soooooo sorry I couldn't post my progress on the practice front as there was no pratice for the last 10 days..I had met with a minor accident while coming back from work on Fri 16th October,2005(courtesy no streetlights, huge/deep pothole bang in the middle of the road and driving a bike while it was pouring at 11 PM in the night etc.)

Anyways, I am sure I can catch up soon with all your best wishes..I am wondering if there are more people who are hitting the 10 km- 15 km/1-1.5 hrs mark like I am doing during my practice runs..anyone there who is preparing for the half marathon ?

I registered for the half marathon+cause about 10 days back through my hutch phone but am yet to receive the Kit. As I am running for Udayan, I would love to get some more people to pledge for the cause through the pledge kit in my office and relations...For anyone wondering who to run for..consider Udayan as PG is actively invloved with them in Delhi.www.udayancare.org

More very soon..when I improve my speed and/or stamina:)

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do get more people for the marathon , its great fun and a good one time excercise

also u guys can pledge for some organisation which would be great 😃

here is the mumbai marathon thread

http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/mumbai-marathon-2005-running-for-naseoh-25005776

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