Running is more than just a way to keep fit. It proves to be a great method to keep you healthy. It isn’t the most preferred way to exercise but its benefits are plenty. So, here are some events in India that could spur you on. You don’t want to miss out on any of these!
Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
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Inspired by the London Marathon, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM) is the largest marathon in Asia with a varied collection on running distances, quenching the thirst of every athlete. Scheduled every year on the third Sunday of January, the SCMM is not a run you want to miss because of its large runner base of over 40,000 athletes and a generous prize pool.
Auroville Marathon (Facebook)
To be a part of this popular marathon, one has to be socially adept! The event, hosted in what is popularly known as the City of Dawn, garners its publicity from social media platforms, bloggers and the spoken word and its popularity has been increasing since its inception in 2008 despite being a non-commercial run. The marathon isn’t a timed run which makes all its finishers, WINNERS! If you’re looking for a perfect combination of a great run and pleasant weather, the Auroville Marathon is the run for you.
Run the Rann, Dholavira
Run The Rann (Facebook)
Not an average trail running race, its run across the Great Rann of Kutch, India’s biggest salt desert. The demanding race promises to be the most thrilling experience of your life circling around the ruins of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation. “Cracked desert land, vast salt marshes, unforgiving cacti and a few slithery surprises like wet mud, black cobras and giant monitor lizard's claws that are definitely best to avoid are a few of the things the desert will offer runners,” reads the website.
The Bangalore Ultra
The Bangalore Ultra (Facebook)
The Bangalore Ultra is a ‘Runners For Life’ initiative that began in 2007 with 247 runners casing the trail at Our Native Village (ONV) resort in Hessarghatta, Bangalore. Runners in Bengaluru thrive on the coming of November which happens to be the month the Bangalore Ultra takes place in. The categories of the run entail of a 24-Hour Challenge, 100km, 75km, 50km, 25km and a 12.5km - choose a run that suits your preference! If you’re looking for a scenic trail accompanied with some great running company, Bangalore Ultra in the run for you!
Ladakh Marathon (Facebook)
Ladakh is the home for the world’s highest marathon. Runners can feast their eyes on the serene Leh valley during the run. Run through the high mountain desert regions interjected by rivers and valleys across varied categories including; 7km, Half Marathon, Marathon, and the Khardungla Challenge (72km).