AA Independence Day Marathon - Second Edition - a humbling experience

Dear Residents,

A bit long one....huh! you know its all about a marathon and simply can't be a short one anyway :)

I would like congratulate all the participants and finishers of the second edition of our AA Independence Day Marathon concluded on the 15th morning.  Despite the cold and the chilly weather, it was fabulous to see our senior members of the society, young and few pets...arriving at the start line with so much enthusiasm.  This year we had 89 participants ~10% increase from 2014 - including 5 pets.   I'm very happy that we concluded this event without anyone complaining about injuries.

I would like to thank the cultural committee for displaying a fabulous show, Yamin Khan for his candid and superb pictures (I bet these pictures are already floating in your Facebook pages....with so many likes already), Race volunteers including, Anand, Sahan, Shankar, Sajit, Sudhakar, Alban and his team, the security guards, house keeping staff - and last but not the least....all the residents who came down and cheered the runners to make this day a remarkable one.

I'm happier this time that we could give away 18 trophies for the podium finishers (as against just the 8 last year).  It was fun planning for this event - right from the announcements, building the momentum, making and distributing BIBS, ordering the trophies, designing the stickers and getting them delivered at the neck of the moment..... Aditya (my son) designed / painted the special bone shaped neck tags for the pets participated in this marathon with unique 'paw prints' as secret codes for their bib numbers.  ("Hey! have you checked their pet Facebook pages :)?? - it was an amazing sight to see all the pets running the marathon and leading their masters....till the finish line.

With the combination of the mega Badminton tournament and this Marathon event, it is proved that as a society we all love sports and its just that we just need excuses to be involved in a grand scale.  I would like to encourage each one of you to create that 'excuse', every single day - call a buddy to run with or to play a game of badminton or even tennis.  Elation is guaranteed at the end - especially the feeling of the 'runners high' after a run.

The running bug has bitten me for the last 4 years and on May 31st 2015, I had experienced something unique for the first time in my life.  Some of you already know that I finished an Ultra Marathon in South Africa - I've compiled my experience and would like to share it with you..........  When I started running I started with a random 10k run with my friend and eventually ended up falling in love with running Ultra Marathons- I believe this could even happen to you.  One needs a strong passion and perseverance to get there but the results are amazing - could become fitter, stronger and happier too.  You may wonder and ask "Yes - this is for someone who can run but what about others who can't or simply feel that running is not their cup of .....?" - There is an answer.  You can walk or you can even do Yoga, play games.....it doesn't matter what or how you do it but make sure you keep moving, but move with a purpose - to become fitter, stronger and happier!

Please encourage your children to write about it, attach it with the picture that Yamin has clicked....store in the memory box....it goes a long way in their life.

I've summarized the category wise stats/results summary below - again CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and the finishers!

Last but not the least, as an organizer I feel that 'my job is done' if at least one of you respond to this mail describing your experience.

RESULTS

5k Open

Total participants 14 men, 17 women

Francois (B-12) - First place (men)
Roy (#2091) - Second place (men)
Amanda (B-18) - First place (women)
Jaya (#3073 - Second place (women)

Note: Rob (#3134) was the fastest runner of the day covering 5 kms in little over 22 mins.  He was kind enough to pass his trophy to the next position winner.   I would like to thank Rob for his wonderful gesture

5k Open <18 years, 12 boys, 5 girls

Total participants 12 boys, 5 girls

Thomas (#1092) - First place - boys
Nikhil (#2014) - Second place - boys
Amrutha (#2064) - First place - girls
Shreya (#2014) - Second place - girls

3k Walkathon - Senior (60-69 years), 

Total participants 6 men, 3 women

Mr. Rahul (#2131) - First place - men
Mr. Vijay (#3073)  - Second place - men
Mrs. Preethi (#2131) - First place - women
Mrs. Srimathi (#3071)  - Second place - women

3k Walkathon - Super Senior (>70 years)

Total participants 3 men

Mr. Raman (#2092) - First place - men
Mr. Joseph  (#2023)  - Second place - men

3k Kids <10 years 

Total participants 15 boys, 9 girls

Joseph  (#B-18) - First place - boys
Aditya (#1122)  - Second place - boys
Anjali (#2102) - First place - girls
Dhriti  (#2041) - Second place - girls