Posted by: cochinblogger | January 1, 2014

The Kochi International Half Marathon 2013

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I run a mile daily inside my house for exercise, and so when I read that Cochin would hold its first ever international half marathon on December 29, I decided to join. I signed up for the 7 km fun run for amateurs, leaving the 21 km half marathon proper to the real long-distance runners. The starting point was the Maharaja’s Stadium on M.G. Road, and a few days before the event, I went to collect my running bib.

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The route is shown below. The 7 km runners would loop back at the Venduruthi bridge, while the 21 km runners would proceed all the way to Mattancherry before turning back.

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The reporting time was early in the morning, 6 am. The sun had not yet risen when I walked down to the stadium. On the way, I took this picture of a house lit up for the holiday season.

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The instruction sheet for the runners had one injunction that had mystified me: runners were not allowed to run with babies in their arms. On my way to the stadium entrance, I spotted this runner with a babe in arms. The rules are there for a reason. 🙂

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After some confusion at the gate, we were in! I quickly ate some biscuits and gulped down a badam milk before we were called to the starting point.

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For the first time ever, my feet were pounding M.G. Road like pistons. It was a heady feeling. I had to stop running after 2.5 km, and returned to the stadium with a combination of walking and running. I’m glad I carried a camera. Here are some pictures of the event.

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Kenyan runners took the first three places in the international section. The picture below probably shows one of the winners.

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Some organizations took the opportunity to publicize their cause.

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And back at the stadium …

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After sitting down for a few minutes to catch my breath, I climbed up the stadium steps and became a spectator.

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The runners kept streaming in from the left.

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Many clubs and organizations took part as groups. Soles of Cochin is a running club.

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The compere takes a breather on the podium.

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A navy band livened up the occasion.

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This small boy struts his stuff.

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The next three pics show the actress Manju Warrier, making a comeback to the screen after 15 years (I think), shooting for a movie in which she plays the role of a marathon runner. The grimace in the second pic, I think, shows that she is finishing the race in the movie.

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This must be the 116-year-old runner I read about in the newspaper. He doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove his age, but nevertheless, a mind-boggling feat whatever his statistical age.

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The glittering prizes.

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This was a memorable experience for me, and I was happy to be among the thousands who took part in this first-ever half marathon in our city. Next year, the run will be held again, and I hope to run all 7 km — though I’ll be a full year older by then. 🙂


Responses

  1. Thanks fir sharing.The upcoming year has set all his ways, to the marathon. Grihalakshmi Womens midnight, half marathon is a fortnightly presented by Mathrubuhmi Group which is going to be held on January-30-2016.The registrations are open.
    http://grihalakshmimarathon.com/v/babAeyng


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