Since the ancient times India has been practicing the art of physical, mental and spiritual well-being in the form of Yoga, but in the recent times our country has seen a growing awareness towards other form of physical exercise. People in India now pay a lot of attention to their physical health and you will find many of them going to the gym or joining aerobic classes. But there is also another set which consists of people of various ages, that practice either cycling or running on a regular basis. This trend is seen more often in the metros where people from all age groups enjoy running and cycling and also join various groups for the same. There are many groups in the various metro cities which you can join if you want to pursue either cycling or running. Apart from this, many people also train themselves for the marathons that happen frequently in the major cities in the country.

RUN & BIKE SOLIDAIRE PARIS 2014 - PHOTO JEAN-MARIE HERVIO / KMSP

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You can also see various companies organizing marathons and cycling events to keep their employees fit. Since people are busy working during the weekdays, many fitness groups operate during the weekends and organize events that promote a healthy lifestyle and are also extremely fun and engaging. For example – there is a cyclist club in Noida popularly known as Noida cycling club or NCC that organizes cycling tours every weekend. It sees the enthusiastic participation of 50 new members each month and has already crossed 2000 members since its inception in the year 2011. Then there are clubs like Delhi runners, whose members include those who run for fitness as well as hardcore runners that train for marathons. Similarly, there are many such groups in Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai etc. that bring together people and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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If you’ve just taken up cycling or are planning to, you would like to read our blog post on 13 things to know before taking up cycling”. Also, those of you who like to go for a run every once in a while we have a few tips on “running in a polluted city”.

Since the awareness of cycling and running events is growing so much in India, we have highlighted for you a few upcoming running and cycling events in major cities around the country that you might like to be a part of. Such events not only boost the health parameter but also make people aware of the social, mental and physical benefits associated with them.

Event: OMR Run

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City: Chennai

Dates: Sunday, January 8th, 2017, 5:30 am

Address: Satyabhama College, Rajiv Gandhi salai, jeppiaar nagar, Chennai

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Event: Mutthu marathon

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City: Salem

Dates: Sunday, January 8th, 2017, 12 pm

Address: Selliamman Kovil, Vaikuntham, Konganapuram, Salem

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Event: Coimbatore-TN marathon

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City: Coimbatore

Dates: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 6 am

Address: TBD, Coimbatore

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 Event: Ridley run

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City: Chennai

Dates: Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Address: Marina beach, Chennai

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Event: Tamil Nadu marathon

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City: Chennai

Dates: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Address: Yet to be decided

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 Event: Madurai – TN marathon

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City: Madurai

Dates: Sunday, January 29th 2017, 6 am

Address: TBD, Madurai

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Event: Vellore marathon

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City: Vellore

Dates: Sunday, March 5th 2017, 5 am

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Address: TBD, Vellore

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Event: Rubfilla run for education 

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City: Palakkad

Dates: Sunday, January 22nd 2017, 5:30 am

Address: Victoria College ground, Victoria College, Palakkad, Kerala

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Event: Salem marathon

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City: Salem

Dates: Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 5 am

Address: Gandhi stadium, Omalur main road, Sankar nagar, Salem

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Event: Standard chartered Mumbai marathon

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City: Mumbai

Dates: Sunday, January 15th 2017,

Address: Asian Heart Institute, BKC Road, G Block BKC, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Event: Lions Centennial marathon

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City: Chennai

Dates: Sunday, January 29th 2017, 5:30 am

Address: Marina beach, Chennai

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Event: Chennai international marathon

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City: Chennai

Dates: Sunday, January 22nd 2017, 5:30 am

Address: Kumararani meena muthiah College ground, Gandhi nagar, Adyar, Chennai

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Be a part of these events and make the people around you aware of the health and social benefits associated with cycling and running.

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