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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.

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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
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Running in your city

Do you want to start running? But don’t know how. Maybe you need motivation, maybe you need company, maybe you just need the right information! We have information to get you started- Tips to Run Better- Part 1, Tips to Run Better- Part 2, Tips to Run Better- Part 3. If you need a proper running plan to get you started, call  Fitho.

Studies have shown that people who workout with partners, have a higher probability of sticking to their workouts and produce better fitness results. Both the competitiveness and company help with motivation. If you want to start running and are looking for company, ‘Running and Living’ is here to help you. They’ve helped to organize running clubs in your vicinity. Check with them for one or more of these running clubs in your vicinity and get in touch, plan runs together, get solutions to your running problems and stay in touch. If you are a running regular, but don’t have a club near you, then email them if you want to set one up and they’ll help to get it going.

Photo: Local Run in Gurgaon

Running and Living also organizes runs in Delhi. So, spread the word, and get your friends, colleagues and neighbours to join in- to run or to cheer.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2009 Information

The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon – Race day is January 18, 2009.
Race information about events and prizes are below:

There are five events:

Marathon
Distance: 42.195 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 17.01.1991
Registration Fees: Rs 300 for Indian citizens. Marathon Route is here

Half Marathon
Distance: 21.09 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 17.01.1991
Registration Fees: Rs 300 for Indian citizens. Half marathon Route is here

Dream Run
Distance: 6 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 17.01.1997
Registration Fees: Rs 300 for Indian citizens. Dream Run Route is here.

Senior Citizens Run
Distance: 4.3 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 17.01.1949
Registration Fees: Rs 200 for Indian citizens. Route is here.

Wheelchair Event
Distance: 2.5 km; Age eligibility: born on or before 17.01.1997
Registration Fees: Rs 200 for Indian citizens. Route is here.

Unfortunately, registration started on July 2, 2008 and ended on August 30, 2008

Mumbai Marathon – tunali@flickr

Route Information: [update] This information was recently updated. Please look above for the links to route maps for all events of the Mumbai Marathon 2009.  Its surprising that even though registrations have closed, the routes have not been published. Very similar to the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2008, where the routes were published 24 days before the run.

Need motivation to participate? Total prize money is a respectable USD $250,000 (considering the exchange rate of 50 INR, I’d say its good enough to make me run)

For the full Mumbai marathon 2009, prize categories include Top 13 overall runners- men and women, Top 5 Indian runners- men and women, Top 3 veteran finishers- men and women, Top 2 Sr. Veterans and top 2 Super Sr. Veterans. For the half marathon, its the top 5 male and female overall finishers, Top 3 veteran finishers- men and women, Top 2 Sr. Veterans and top 2 Super Sr. Veterans.

If the money doesn’t matter, then you get serious bragging rights! And you get your photo splashed all over the newspaper.

For some motivation, check out our previous post. I’m yet to run a full marathon, but I definitely have it on my to do list.

Running is one of the best ways to burn fat and lose those love handles and that belly fat. It helped me show that elusive six pack! Besides this, running has a lot of physical benefits.

For tips on running better, here they are: Tips to Run Better Part 1, Tips to Run Better Part 2, Tips to Run Better Part 3.

To get more info on the StanChart Mumbai Marathon 2009, check this out.

— 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