Run all you want in the Garden City | Sports | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Ace ventura
    July 6, 2013
    Doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi has moved from centre court to centre stage by floating the star-studded tennis premier league. TOI-Crest meets…
  • Roger will never be as consistent again: Murray
    June 29, 2013
    The British No 1 feels that the 2012 champion's consistency and domination will never be matched.
  • Lebron, born again and again
    June 29, 2013
    He may lack the grace of a Michael Jordan, but the lumbering LeBron James is a champion of the people.
More in this Section
Profiles
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
new way of life

Run all you want in the Garden City

|


Bangalore's growth as a running hub in the past decade has seen a number of clubs sprout, with most runners taking to the activity as their first steps in the right direction. With corporates, social activists, fitness freaks and students growing in number in every edition of the city's flagship running event - the World 10K - it's a new way of life.

While runners fall into every category possible, it's Bangalore's working professionals who make up a large chunk of the community. Apart from Runners For Life, the city is host to a number of clubs such as Earthquake Runners (BHUKMP - Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ultra, Kaveri Trail, Mumbai and Puducherry), 12M12M (12 marathons in 12 months), Twilight Runners (after-dark athletes), Barefoot Runners, the Nike Run Club and groups from IT giants like Infosys and Wipro.

"The most significant change in the demographic in the past few years is that the average age of runners has consistently got younger, " says Arvind Bharati of Runners for Life, a Bangalore-based running community. "When we began in 2005, the average age of runners was 45. Over time, we have seen that figure drop sharply, while our core group hasn't changed, " says Arvind, adding that more and more kids in the 13-14 age group are taking to running now.

Runners for Life already have around 10, 000 registered members. "From these, around 8, 000 are from the city and 2, 000 participate in at least three events throughout the year. A good 700-800 hardcore runners also travel to other cities to test themselves each year, " he adds.

The reason? Shorter and more competitive events are being held in the city. Arvind explains that while a running culture exists in other cities too, there are few outlets for performance. "People need events to participate in and not just run around their neighbourhood or 5-km joy runs. In Mumbai, there are very few events after the Mumbai Marathon. People need competition to build motivation, " he says.

"If you see the Urban Stampede that we conduct in Bangalore, the teamwork and the shortest competitive run of 5 km, ensure a lot of participation, " he says of the corporate team championship, while giving due credit to the city's theme-based running events like the Heart 10 km (on World Heart Day) and the Women's 10 km (on Women's Day).

Arvind, whose organisation conducts three runs in the city - Urban Stampede, Kaveri Trail Marathon and Bangalore Ultra - says that the pleasant weather in the city is another contributor to the growth of the running community. "In Bangalore, one can run throughout the year and at venues like Cubbon Park, which has also been a major factor, " he says.

Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik | MensXP.com

Networking

itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Hotklix
Services
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service