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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2010

We have the official dates for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2010. Its on Nov 21, 2010.

Registrations should open in September. As is standard, there should be 2 main events: 7km fun run and the 21k half marathon. Other details are still pending, but we’ll keep you updated! To be totally updated, sign up for our Marathon Updates.

Read below on how to get ready for the 7k or the 21k

Preppring for the 7km run
If you’re not a runner, it takes approx 2-3 months based on your fitness level to be able to run the 7k.
If you are a runner, it can take less time- anywhere between 1-2 months.

Prepping for the 21km run
If you can already run 5k, then it takes 3 months to prepare for the 21k
If you’re a veteran run, then it can take you less than 2 months for the 21k.

Sounds like too much- don’t worry, with 2 months, we’ll comfortably get you on track and running! Both these plans will get you into phenomenal shape and they are a lot of fun!

See our run training success stories. To know more on how to get started for the 7k or the 21k or just start running, call Fitho or email fitness@fitho.in

We have lots of running information for you- see our running section. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Airtel Kolkata Marathon 2009 is here!

Finally, the 2009 Airtel Kolkata Marathon is here. It will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

There are 3 events:
1. Men’s Marathon (42.195 km): This event starts at 7 a.m.
2. Women’s Run (10.5 km): This run starts are 7.10 a.m.
3. SAIL Celebrity Run (4.2 km): This run starts at 7.30 a.m.

Airtel Kolkata Marathon 2009 (waydin@flickr)

From our experience of athletic events, we suggest getting there at least an hour early, since there is chaos with parking, and so many people participating in the event.

The total prize money for the 2009 run is INR 1.1 million. The winner of the Men’s Marathon will get INR 320,000. The winner of the Women’s Run will receive INR 110,000. More details on the prize money awards at Kolkata Marathon 2009.

The website claims that over 20,000 participants will be taking part, making it the largest marathon in eastern India. Considering that there isn’t any other metro in eastern India, that’s not a tough feat for Calcutta.

There is no information on how to register and participate in the Kolkata Marathon :) but they’ve provided their contact information. The title of the website still says Kolkata Marathon 2007. Not even Kolkata Marathon 2008, let alone 2009 :)

We think its odd to have separate runs for men and women? Most of the other marathon events, like the Delhi Marathon, or others in India do not have events that separate men and women. What if there are women who want to run the full marathon? What if there are men who want to run 10.5 km, instead of having to choose between either the full marathon of 42+ km, or the celebrity run of 4.2 km? What do you think?

Regardless, the route for the Airtel Kolkata Marathon 2009 goes through the regal Red Road- it has been the iconic pleasurable driving experience in Calcutta for many years. Running on it would be cool.

Here is a list of winners for Kolkata Marathon 2009, and Women’s Run winners for the Kolkata Marathon 2009.

This is the 5th year of the Kolkata Marathon, starting in 2005. Watch out for information on the Airtel Kolkata Marathon 2010!

Click here and enter your email to get marathon updates.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

List of Marathons & Running Events in India

Marathons are now held all over India. Ranging from 5-10 k runs, we have plenty of marathons and even ultra marathons in India- We have large running events in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Auroville.

Delhi has in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. In 2008, it was held on Nov 9. There are 5 events-the half marathon, the dream run, the senior citizens event, the veterans run and the wheelchair event.

Mumbai has the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

NishitShah@flickr

Chennai also has a running culture. Check out more on the Chennai Marathon

Hyderabad has its share of running culture with 10k mini marathon and half marathon events. More at Hyderabad10K website

Bangalore has an ultra marathon (52 km)! Its the only one that we know of in India. They’ve already done 2 ultra marathons in 2007 and 2008.

Pune has its Pune International Marathon

Kolkata has the Airtel Kolkata Marathon. They have 3 events- Marathon (42 km), Ladies Run (10.2 km) and a Fun Run (4.2 km).

Auroville started its marathon in 2008. Check out the Auroville Marathon site here.

Last but not the least, in the Great Tibetian Marathon. This marathon every year in the summer, on the plateau of Leh Ladakh. With the low oxygen levels, we rate this as the toughest marathon in India, and the coolest marathon in India, in more ways than one : ) Running in the Himalayas would be such a unique experience!

Kudos to all these people making efforts to growing a running culture to India! Are there any others that we’ve missed? Any runs in your city? Please contact us to let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

For the running uninitiated, here is a distance definition of various runs:
Marathon
- Its a total distance of 26.2 miles (approx 42 kms)
Half Marathon
- Very intuitively, it is 13.1 milees (approx 21 kms)
Ultra Marathon
- Anything covering a distance of more than a marathon is an ultra marathon.

For tips to start running, or to run better, check out our series of articles on running tips

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2008 – Event, Experience and Learnings

We took part in the Great Delhi Run in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2008 on Sunday, Nov 9, 2008 in New Delhi. Was that an experience!

We’ve participated in multiple runs and athletic events across the world. If we were to sum up our experience at this event, it was less of an athletic event, and more of a branding event for Airtel. To let it lose, it was a sham of an athletic event. Lets see why:

Advertising, everywhere: Since they advertised so aggressively for it, they were probably trying to recover some money- in the process, the event was overloaded with corporate advertisement. There were people carrying huge Airtel hoardings, blocking the whole route, so if you were behind them, there was no way to cross them. DHL was advertising some ‘jumbo box‘ of there’s, so they had a bunch of people taking up the route again.

Like this, there were multiple companies trying to advertise- huge hoardings, noisy slogans, very intrusive and in your face advertising. So, if you were at the event for anything besides a leisurely walk, it was a disaster. We were planning to run in the Great Delhi Run, and it was a frustrating experience.

Event Organization: The organization was bad. First, we could not locate the starting area. Then, there weren’t enough organizers to answer questions, or enough directions pointing you to the Start. Once you cross the start line, there were thousands of people taking part so it took a while to start running. We got to the event at 9.20 a.m for a 9.30 start time. We could only cross the start line at 9.58 a.m! The passage ways were so narrow for the number of people participating, that there was no chance of moving fast.

Volunteers: The volunteers for the event were trying to cheer on, but some of them were so enthusiastic in their cheering, that they were on the running route, which was anyway crowded with participants and advertisers!

Distance Markers: The distance markers were not visible with the crowd. In fact, even after running it, we’re not sure of the distance we ran. We estimate it at 6-6.5 km.

More Issues: Then there were water stops, handing out water bottles. Some of them were so enthusiastic, that they were in the middle of the track. The streets were strewn with plastic bottles. To clean them up, poor kids were running across the track while the event was on. Then, there were cops in the middle of the route trying to keep it secure, but also coming in the way of runners. So, it was less of a run, and more of an obstacle course.

Post Run Issues: Post the run, the food lines were incredibly long, so many people left without getting any food after the run. We couldn’t find any buses to take you back to the parking lots, so we had to cab it.

The only upside was that there were people on the side who had come to watch and cheer people on!

Learnings from the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon event:

If you plan to participate in the Delhi Half Marathon event in 2009, please learn from our experience and take this tips:

- Get there at least 1.5 hours before time, to ensure you have time to park, commute to the event, find the start line, and get there early enough, so you’re not stuck behind the advertisers, and slogan shouters. Since you will get there early, carry some food and drink with you, to ensure you have enough energy and are properly hydrated.

- Take part in the half marathon instead of the Dream Run (or the Great Delhi Run), if you want to really participate and be able to run.

And last but not the least, don’t have any expectations from the event.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2008 – Information, Registration and Motivation

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2008 is here! This international marathon is going to be help on November 9, 2008. Registration starts on September 10, 2008 and end on October 15, 2008
Race information about events and prizes are below:

There are four events:

Half Marathon
Distance: 21.09 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 08.11.1990
Registration Fees: Rs 300 for Indian citizens

Dream Run
Distance: 6 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 08.11.1996
Registration Fees: Rs 300 for Indian citizens.

Senior Citizens Run
Distance: 4.3 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 08.11.1948
Registration Fees: Rs 200 for Indian citizens.

Wheelchair Event
Distance: 2.5 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 08.11.1996
Registration Fees: Rs 200 for Indian citizens.

Need motivation to participate? Total prize money is USD $210,000 !!

Prize categories include Top 10 runners- men and women, Top 10 Indian runner- men and women, Top veteran finisheers- men and women, Sr. Veterans and Super Sr. Veterans ( I didn’t know that category even existed!)

If the money doesn’t matter, then you get bragging rights! Suddenly, all of Delhi’s running community holds you with R-E-S-P-E-C-T

And you get your photo splashed all over the newspaper. We’ll even feature you on Fitho if you ask us :)
For more motivation, here’s a little info on one of our team members:

He started running in late 2003. In Feb 2004, he forced myself to register for a 5k. He hated running when he started it. After training for two months for the first 5k in May 2004 (Heart Mini Marathon), he timed in at 22 min, 45 sec. That is 4 min, 50 sec per km.
Later that year, he ran a 10 k in 5 degree celsius weather, in 48.5 minutes. And then the running didn’t stop.  The first half marathon was the US Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton. Timed in at 1 hour, 42 minutes (4 min, 50 sec per km).  It was a tough run, but it was a phenomenal experience. The excitement of running with thousands of people. The rush of accomplishing a personal feat. And the glory of beating your fear of running or the distance. Its something to experience.

Running is great way to burn fat and lose those love handles and show that elusive six pack! Besides this, running has many health benefits.

The half marathon is a great event. Register and start training now. The Dream Run is a great way to start running for non runners.

At Fitho, we’ll create running programs customized to your needs. If you have any questions

To participate/register, go here

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo