Monday, June 01, 2009

Another 10K in Bangalore

Marathon, Marathon, Marathon (Actually it was not a marathon, it was just a 10K run, but I guess marathon for most of us) another one got over in Bangalore. While running yesterday I was getting bugged about this thought about the history of marathon and here I found it on google.
According to which,
The modern Athens Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died.

I was just talking about marathon to my friend in office today morning and he said,

"Why would you want to run marathon? It blocks the roads and create chaos. Have you ever thought what happens to the ambulances during the marathon time?"

He had a valid point but then I guess such kind of events are very important for the city, because it kind of gives you a break from normal work, day to day life and just sometime to think. I specially loved all the people who had come down on streets to cheer the runners. Also it is so nice to see so many old people running, and so many people running for some cause that they support.

But then the ambulance points was very valid, and I tried calling some hospitals to see if there has been any problem yesterday because of marathon, but then I did not get any response, and I also thought it was not a good idea to ask because, they were more bothered to handle any emergency cases if any rather than answering some queries, which would be used to write the blog, probably some of the doctors reading the blog can comment on this.

So I guess instead of stopping these events we just have to take up steps to improve and organize these events with least amount of discomfort to other people.

Like last time around there were lot of bottles thrown everywhere,
this time an organization called Saahas made lot of effort to try different alternatives to plastic bottles and also
to put the bins at different places so that bottles are not thrown every where. Well the alternative part did not go well, but this time around they managed to put the bins, which did result in much cleaner roads. Really appreciate their effort and am sure next run we would do better to try some alternatives to plastic bottles as well.

Do run a marathon when it happens next, it is really fun, it will make you exercise your limit and you get so high when you just cross the finish line. As someone had rightly put the banner,

"Pain is temporary but the pride is permanent"


The Wandering Minstrel said...

Tell ur friend that a marathon is not a random event where people decide to meet n start running. it is preplanned, security is informed, police n traffic dept is ready for it so they can effectively divert traffic...including ambulances...and normally, they try to keep heavy traffic roads free and divert the marathon through roads that can be managed easily by the traffic police dept :) its good. run on!

brocasarea said...

unfortunately i couldn't as i had night duty then:(

Vaidehi Dongre said...

congrats on completing ur 10k! i wish i cud run some marathon some day! & from what i understand, marathons are big events with police managing the event, so emergency services must be diverted through a diff. route.

Neeraj Rohilla said...

A friend of mine sent me a link of your blog regarding your post on traffic stop. Little did I realize that you are also a runner, how cool!!!

Good job on finishing the 10k and now I suppose you can really train for an actual marathon. I understand the chaos and inconvenience to the general public during the course of a marathon. However, they do raise significant sums of money for various non-profit organizations through such efforts. So, I guess we all can contribute in one way or another.

I lived in Bangalore during 2002-04 and have beautiful memories of IISc and Bangalorian way of life. I hope to run a marathon in Bangalore someday. Right now it is Houston and hopefully Boston in April (if I qualify) :-)


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