Inspiring stories.. Age is just a number- Mr T Rajendran

Another runner we caught up with on the Race day was T Rajendran, who is quite a familiar face in the marathon circuit.. He is 80+ yrs old, hails from Sivakasi, runs barefoot, full of life, enthusiasm and every ready to have a quick chat. We had a quick chat with him after the event and he was more than eager to share his journey, stories and future plans.

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He began walking and running only about 8 years ago, to improve his health in general. He walks or runs every alternate day for about 10 km and exercises at home 3 days a week when he is not walking or running. Being quite new to running, he was quite eager to learn about how to improve his speed as well as resolve issues with shoe-selection, which had led him to run barefoot in his events. He took the 4th place in the 5000m in the 75-79 age category, in 33rd National Masters Athletic Championship, held at the Kanteerava stadium. He hasnt looked back since then…

His first ever full marathon was in Viruddhunagar, back in February 2010. Apparently in that event, he ran 8kms on the wrong route and then managed to get back on track to complete the full marathon in 6:30:00. During the run, his toe nails came off and that is when he stopped wearing shoes. The one thing that stands out about him is the vibhudhi pattai on his forehead and the way he stands right in the front at every marathon along the Start line!

His most recent run was on 29th Sep in Singapore, which he completed and flew straight to Coimbatore to run the Half Marathon event .. he was so eager to show us the medals he has won so far, his companion pulled them out one by one… :-)

About the Coimbatore Marathon

He spoke very fondly about the Coimbatore Marathon, saying it was always a memorable & good experience. He went on to say “It is equal to international marathons, in terms of how well it is organised, and the facilities provided..this is conducted like a family way, people are always willing & ready to help others out. Food & water provided at the aid stations and break fast counters is generous, shows what a good mind and heart the team has. The Volunteers with board saying speed breaker was brilliant, helped us avoid injury.. I pray to God it becomes recognised in the international circuit”..

Thangappanadar Dharmaraj Rajendran or Sivakasi thatha as he is fondly referred to is clearly somebody who is not discouraged by age.

An article in the Hindu about this amazing runner… http://www.thehindu.com/sport/octogenarian-tdr-as-he-is-known-as-tells-his-story-of-becoming-a-barefoot-marathoner-at-75/article19560050.ece

Do you have any interesting tales to share? Send them to us via our Facebook page or write in to info@coimbatoremarathon.com… Stay tuned for more…

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Inspiring stories.. Age is just a number- Mrs Bhanumathy

On Sep 30th at the Expo and on Race day, 1st Oct we got to interact with a few veterans who were into sports and running, including marathons.  We kick off the series with a woman  who had quite a few inspiring stpries to share…

At the Expo, we got the opportunity to meet, listen to and interact with Mrs Bhanumathy, 63 who is an active sportswoman, has been running marathons and is a cancer survivor. She told us about her life and things that she has accomplished, and hopes to in the coming years.

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From a young age she has been into sports – Shotput. Hammer throw, discus throw and javelin, all of which she continues to participate in even today. Back during her academic years, she was a State level champion and now after her fight with cancer, she went back to participate in the district level tournaments in the veteran category. Last year she came 2nd in the three sporting events she took part in and this year she hopes to ace it and come 1st. She says the reason she came 2nd last year was she was recovering from her surgery and the left arm was weak. She had to skip Hammer throw, which she hopes to win this year and earn a Gold medal got in all three events.

Cancer, the phase-

When talking about cancer, she says she was diagnosed just before 2014. Cancer is always known as a “rich man’s disease” because of the expenses that came along with it.  But then off late we hear about people across walks of life suffering because of cancer and things have changed now. She infact was diagnosed just a year before she retired from the Government job [postal service] and therefore was able to manage finances and have the surgery as well.

Running & Age

She told us that running in the 5th edition of Coimbatore Marathon was something she was looking forward to. And encouraged others to do something out of their comfort zone. She is a firm believer that age is just a number, it is all in our minds and if we can put our mind to things, anything can be achieved.

One statement she made that stays with us is “I never questioned God why me..” I was always looking at the future and held on to hope. All I tell people is to “Live and do good as long as possible.”

How inspiring right? The audience who got to listen to her interview were spell bound by her grit, determination and passion!

Do you have any interesting tales to share? Send them to us via our Facebook page or write in to info@coimbatoremarathon.com… Stay tuned for more…

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Meet the pacers..

We at Coimbatore Marathon have selected a band of passionate runners to help you reach your time goals at Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2017 , do read on to know more!

Who are pacers?

Pacers are seasoned runners who will run the distance in the specified time. Their key role is to help the runners ‘set the pace’ according to their timing goals. The pacers are well aware of the terrain, the weather conditions and importantly, have the adequate experience of running the distance in the time specified.

A group of pacers for a particular time are commonly referred as the ‘pacing bus.’ Join any pacing bus and you will be assured of finishing the race within the time goal. For instance, if you run with the 2:30 bus in the half-marathon category, you are assured of finishing the race in 2 hours 30 minutes or less.

Where can I find out who the pacers are?

To know more about who the Pacers are, click here. You will find their details, running history and the timing they are representing this year.

How can I interact with pacers before the race?

You can meet them at the Expo, and interact with them. Clarify any doubts and figure out who the Pacers running with your goal time.

How can I find the pacers on race day?

The pacers can be easily identified by their unique t-shirt carrying their names and time displayed behind their shirts.

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Good luck! See you at the Expo.

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Runner Stories- 5- Manjunath

And finally in the Runner stories series, we are happy to feature Manjunath who works in a Private Limited Company in Coimbatore and is a regular runner.

  1. How long have you been running?

Well, that is easy. I have been running since 2012. The journey for me began with the Coimbatore Runners and continues..

  1. Why do you run?

Now that is an interesting question. I would have to say three things- to improve my fitness levels, increase self confidence and finally relieve stress.

3.Your Advice for new runners?

There is just one piece of advice I would share- “Don’t strain, listen to your body.”

  1. Where is your favourite place to run

For me it is the Race Course with my Coimbatore Runners Group. Though I have been running for 5years, I am now quite keen on running trails.

  1. What is your preference- Group run or Solo run

It is group runs only for me.. These are always fun and quite motivating.

 

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Runner stories- 4 – Sathish Kini

Next up in our runner stories series, we spent some time talking to Sathish Kini, Chief Operating Officer and passionate runner with Coimbatore Runners. Like the others before, he too had many fond things to say about running and his life before and after..

1. How long have you been running?

Have been running the past 3 & half  years, and it all started with Coimbatore Runners.

  1. Why do you run?

Oh, I run just to keep fit and healthy.  Apart from these, I have discovered that I actually enjoy running .

  1. Your Advice for new runners?

The only thing I would say is – beginners need to get some basics about running- like warm up, stretches etc. All this will help them run injury free.  Running is not only fun  but it is a good way to keep yourself fit & healthy .

  1. Where is your favourite place to run?

If I had to pick a place from anywhere in the world, I would say “Anywhere in Europe” . Yes, I enjoyed running there because of the clean fresh air which makes it a perfect running destination .

  1. What is your preference- Group run or Solo run?

Surprisingly am ok with both options. But for the Sunday runs, I do prefer group runs… :)

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How to Reach Coimbatore

For all those coming into Coimbatore from other parts of the state and country, here is a list of trains/buses for you to choose.  In case you have any specific queries, do leave a comment and we will reach out and help you..

Coimbatore being a major commercial center, it is well connected to all parts of the country. It is very easy to access the city through road, rail, or air.

By Air

Coimbatore has its own airport, Coimbatore International Airport, located around 11 km away from the city centre. It is well connected to major cities in India. Several international and domestic flights connect Coimbatore to other cities across the world and within India.

By Train

Coimbatore junction connects almost all major cities of India to Coimbatore through rail. Apart from this Podanur Junction, Coimbatore North Junction, Southern Railway, Indian Railway Reservation and Southern Railway are few other railway stations that lie in close proximity.

Trains to Coimbatore

From Chennai:
Kovai Express/12675
Chennai Central-Coimbatore Duronto Express/12243
Chennai Central-Coimbatore Intercity Express/12679
Cheran Express/12673 More Trains…

From Delhi:
Kongu Express/12648
Kerala Express/12626
Millennium Express/12646
Swarna Jayanti Express/12644 More Trains…

From Mumbai:
Mumbai CST-Trivandrum Weekly Express/16331
Mumbai CST – Kanniyakumari Jayanti Janta Express/16381
Mumbai LTT- Coimbatore Kurla Express/11013 More Trains…

From Kolkata:
Santragachi Mangalore Vivek Express/22851
Shalimar Trivandrum Bi-Weekly Express/16324
Shalimar-Nagercoil Gurudev Express/12660 More Trains…

By Road

Six major arterial roads along with three National highways pass through the city.

These include

  • NH-47 (Kanyakumari-Salem),
  • NH-67 (Nagapattinam-Ooty) and
  • NH-209 (Bangalore-Dindigul).

Along with the State Road Transport Corporation of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, many private buses ply in and around the city of Coimbatore. A tourist can easily find super deluxe buses connecting Trivandrum, Cochin, Chennai, Kozhikode, Hyderabad and Bangalore to Coimbatore.

Bus Stands in Coimbatore 

Following are the main bus stands in Coimbatore: 

  • Gandhipuram Bus Stand
  • Singanallur Bus Stand
  • SETC Bus Stand
  • Ukkadam Bus Stand
  • Mettupalayam Road Bus stand
  • Omni Bus Stand

The buses are operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Auto rickshaws and radio cabs are also available in the city.

Distance to Coimbatore

  • Ooty – 85 km
  • Kozhikode – 184 km
  • Kochi – 190 km
  • Mysore – 204 km
  • Madurai – 216 km
  • Bangalore – 363 km
  • Puducherry – 372 km
  • Thiruvananthapuram – 388 km
  • Mangalore – 417 km
  • Chennai – 497 km Coimbatore Distance Chart

See you at the Expo on 30th September!! Do stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for updates …

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Runner Stories- 3-Prashant

We met up with Prashant who works in a Private Limited Company in Coimbatore and spent some time asking him about his running journey and what life has been like since he took up running. Here is what he had to share,

  1. How long have you been running?

Since 2012  and it all began with Coimbatore Runners

  1. Why do you run?

Oh well, I run so I can stay fit & healthy. That apart, running is such a feel good factor.

3.Your Advice for new runners?

  • Enjoy your running and do not take it as a task[it shouldn’t become a chore which will be boring].
  • Don’t over strain, listen to your body.
  • Don’t take long breaks from regular running. Maximum break should not be more than 4 days i.e. ensure that you run on every alternate days and if you are taking break, the longest gap between runs should not be more than 4 days.
  1. Where is your favourite place to run

I have to say it is the Race Course and with my Coimbatore Runners Group.

5.. What is your preference- Group run or Solo run

I prefer Group Run with my running buddies.

Initially when I started running, I thought I’ll not do more than 10k as the same was good enough for my fitness but after running with Coimbatore Runners I started enjoying my long runs and slowly I migrated to Half Marathon. Now, I’ve trained with Coimbatore Runners and have geared up to do a FULL MARATHON on 20th August 2017 in AHM (Airtel Hyderabad Marathon 2017).

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Runner stories- 2 -Umayal Palaniappan

Continuing in our runner series, we managed to catch up with Umayal Palaniappan, an Entrepreneur from Coimbatore. Apart from work, he is quite passionate about running and here is what he had to share…

1. How long have you been running

He shares that he too began his running journey courtesy the Coimbatore Runners about  3 years. (Aug’ 2014) and has been quite regular in the weekly runs.

  1. Why do you run?

Without hesitation he instantly comments that it rejuvenates him and above all, it is heaps of fun. The close knit group at Coimbatore Runners have made it memorable and keep pushing each other to go further!

  1. Your Advice for new runners?

Well, even though he hasn’t been running for long, it has been regular.Therefore it makes sense when he says   “Consistency is most important and you compete only against yourself – This will ensure that you enjoy your run”.

  1. Where is your favourite place to run?

After a brief pause, he comments that it is the Race course in Coimbatore where he enjoys running the most. He adds that he would also love to do trail runs.

  1. What is your preference- Group run or Solo run?

Group run is what I enjoy. For solo run you need more willpower & different levels of dedication and one day he hopes to be able to do it.

He signs off with “Good luck to all the runners for the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2017!! “

Umayal Palaniappan‎

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Runner stories- 1- Dr Rajkumar

We are starting a new series on the blog featuring runners from various walks of life. This is just to give an insight into the world of running and how it transcends age, sex, past running experience and other factors…

Kick starting the series, today we have Dr Rajkumar who is by profession an Oncologist. Apart from his dedication to saving lives, he is a passionate Runner, Cyclist and Trekker as well. Here is what he had to say when we quizzed him about his life and the role running played in it..

  1. How long have you been running?

My running journey began in September 2012 with Coimbatore runners..  It has been a fun experience so far and I look forward to the morning runs!

  1. Why do you run?

Running to me means many things- It not only helps me stay fit, stay energised, but also helps build friendships and creates a positive+ “never -say -die” attitude within you.

  1. Your Advice for new runners?

If there was one thing I could share with those eager to kick start their running journey, it would be “Find your own pace and run for the joy of running. Set achievable, realistic goals to motivate yourself and pursue them with discipline and grit. Remember, running is about perseverance day in and day out and the benefits you will reap both physically and mentally are unimaginable.”

  1. Where is your favourite place to run?

I can run “anywhere”.. as long as there is a path and I have my shoes with me. But if I were to pick a particular place, it would have to be in and around race course area. This is my favourite spot as it allows me to meet my running buddies. Having a quick/small chat in the morning with them boosts my energy levels keeping me going through the day.

  1. Finally, do you enjoy Group runs or Solo run?

I prefer running with one or two buddies rather than a bigger group.Sometimes solo runs are good too, to introspect and gives me a chance to listen to some of my favourite music when I run.

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Have you registered for the upcoming 5th edition of Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon ? Head over to http://www.coimbatoremarathon.com for information and updates!! If you are running, good luck with the training and for others, do come cheer the runners on Race day- 1st October [Sunday]

VCM2016 Photographs..

It is time to look back at the memories that VCM2016 brought to all of us involved in the event… The the core committee, CCF, Sponsors, event organisers, runners, volunteers and just about everyone else who were a part of this event…

Here are a few photographs from our Photography Partner- Flashbulbzz Photography 

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All photographs can be seen in these albums..

The expo and Race day

Part II

Staging Area & Prize distribution 

More shall be added in the days to come. We also invite you to share your photographs, and experiences, will feature them on the blog!!

See you at our next edition..

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VCM 2016 Results & Certificates are here -10K & HM!

Congratulations to all the runners who made the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2016 such a huge success.. And a big congrats to all the finishers… We know you are eagerly awaiting photographs and certificates, well here is an update for the 10Km and HM finishers-

How to view Results and download e-certificate:

1. Visit the Myraceindia website, enter “Coimbatore Marathon” in the Event name space and Type in your BIB number in the subsequent box

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2. You will see the timing result appear below.

3. From there, click on the “certificate” button on top of the table A new page will open with your certificate displayed on it.

Download and save your certificate!

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