I always wondered how people run for so long at a stretch in crowd of thousands. How it feels like being inside the crowd, running for cause, for corporate? I got answer to all these questions in my first 10K. Yeah I participated in 2013 edition of TCS 10K with bib number 8260.:)
After registration, the main target was to complete my race. I was least worried about my ranking and timing. Preparation for the run involved talking about it, posting and sharing my intent on Social media, controlling hard on the eating stuff which I like most, and imagining the runners feeling, when I run with all the awesome people of Bangalore city. The actual physical training for the race was not much. Planned to do practice as hard as I could, but very rarely getting time to do as decided. One night before race ate well, kept my costume ready, tied chip to my shoes and slept early.
Morning got up early and reached Sri Kanteerva Stadium by 6:15 AM for the warm up session. The race day atmosphere at Sri Kanteerva Stadium was just electric, everyone smiling at each other. The high-octane music inside the stadium, pumping heartbeat, along with actor Rahul bose, Puneet Rajkumar, brand Ambassador Maria Mutola, three time world champion to motivate runners. Everyone practicing, discussing with other runners on to make this run their best run. Number of enthusiastic people participated in all events. Hats off to all participants of Champions with Disability & Senior Citizen’s RUN for their high spirits in marathon and amazingly over 22,000 people came out to run at the TCS 10K Marathon on May 19, 2013. After warm up session, different categories of race flagged off followed by open 10k race. Young and old, fit and fat, first-timers and veterans stepped out together to run.
Distance was never more when we had supporters standing entire stretch just to motive and cheer runners. Folk dance entertainment, runners performing to their music and encouraging them too. Differently abled kids, and other NGO racing with high spirits. Costumes run participants running with ultimate messages to spread to society. So many people racing together first time I saw it live. People waited long enough to read each other’s’ banners. The experience of running with more than 10K people was worth the effort. Other than the actual run, the cause people were running for were really superb. There were best of the best messages during Majja run.
First half of the race was more or less smooth. As it became little tougher, the other participants kept cheering each other to keep running till the end point. Finally I finished it in 01:28:49 sec, not a great timing but a starting. This is not the end it encouraged me to bring the best out of me, next time. Yes I will come back and am running again. The feeling when I crossed the finish line, that’s the best feeling I had and I know how it feels like because YO! I am a FINISHER.