The six city SBI Green Marathon is a must run for every green warrior, writes Nandini Reddy.
Set to be the biggest single branded race in India, the SBI Green Marathon is all set and poised to be one of the most entertaining marathons in the country. The purpose of the run is to celebrate the passion for environmental stability and sustainability and create a better future for generations to come.
Venkatraman Pichumani is the race director for the SBI Green Marathon. A seasoned runner who is a regular half marathoner at the renowned Mumbai marathon, Pichumani is the first Indian to be certified as a Race Director by RRCA with international accreditation.
Staying on track to their commitment, after each event their will be a sustainability report generated which will talk about the various actions taken during the course of the event to minimize the environmental footprint and maximize the social impact. This will be a public document that anyone can access.
The event shall develop and implement a community focused environmental education engagement plan, such plan may include social media posts, emails as well as lectures and presentations to the stakeholders about how running events can minimize the environmental impact.
This race is indeed special because of the many giveaways that promote awareness about protecting the environment and motivate everyone to become a green hero. Select participants will receive a special T-shirt made out of plastic by PlasticIndia Foundation. During the launch the organisers revealed the largest T-shirt created from 200,000 plastic bottles, setting a new Guinness World Record. The
T-shirts are made from a special cloth created from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This is definitely a collectible!
The Plantable Bib – yes you heard right, this running bib has a special use after you finish your race. It is especially designed to be planted, ensuring that you continue your commitment to the environments. At the end of the race each participant can take home a sapling that they can nurture and grow as proof of their commitment to have started on their journey for a better and greener Earth.
The serious runners can opt between a timed half marathon (21k) and a 10k race category. For those who want to have a fun run with the family there is a short 2k run and a dream run for beginners for a distance of 5k. If you want to have fun with a crowd then the 2k run might be perfect pick. If you have just started running and want to see how you perform in an actual race environment the the Dream run (5k) is the good place to start.
If you want to check if you are reaching your goal timings then the more serious 21k and 10k should be the ones you need to set your sights on.
Mumbai – Feb 4
Delhi/ Bengaluru – Feb 18
Chennai/Ahmedabad – Feb 25
Chandigarh – Mar 4
If you missed it in a particular city ensure you make it to the next one. You can book you race participation at https://goo.gl/jZ8p9V
A unique race that promises to be a unique experience.