Sunday, January 20, 2008

Run Mumbai Run

Mumbai marathon is a great event to be a part of, even if you're running the 7 kms dream run. Today was my second straight year of participating in the marathon. I am not an athlete, nor do I practice running regularly, so I could not run the entire 7 kms stretch at one shot. So I walked, jogged, walked, jogged and finished the entire stretch in one hour 5 minutes.

It wasn't as fun this year as it was the last year. Partly because last year it was my first year, so I was obviously a lot more exited about it. But significantly because this year the crowd was much more. Also, the corporate crowd - corporates and NGOs mobilise and sponsor their own, as well as other, people to run - was more than before. And since they prefer to run in groups, there were a lot of such groups (ranging from 10 to 30 people running together) running the Dream Run today, occupying a lot of space on the road. It was difficult to run and maintain a good speed without meandering and having to run zig-zag to find a clear path.

But still it was fun. The event is quite colourful - lots of balloons, cheerleaders, banners, stages that play music courtesy MTV, etc. And of course the by-standers who come to cheer us. The spirit of Mumbai was in full show.

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