There’s a pleasant, familiar sight that Bangalore offers every single morning. Before the sun rises, before the incessant honking can begin, before the city’s everyday routine and humdrum can present itself, the streets will have already been pounded thousands of times by runners. Some run in organised groups filled with energy and conversation, while others prefer a more intimate, one-on-one conversation with the road. But there is an unmistakable trend that’s making running everybody’s new favourite activity. And Bangalore has quickly earned a reputation as being one of India’s biggest running destinations. July marks the beginning of the running season, with a whole bunch of exciting running events coming up. Here are a few must-do/must-run events coming up, in and around Bangalore.

TRORT

Considered to be a great event for runners who are looking to test their legs out on a hilly course. Great for elevation training with a healthy mix of flats and hills.

Where: Kanakpura Road, Bangalore

When: Saturday, July 30

Distances Offered: 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

Airtel Hyderabad Marathon

Bangalore sends a sizeable contingent for a fun weekend getaway to Hyderabad every year. The course is riddled with flyovers and hills, but is also known for being extremely well organised with a ton of volunteers along the course.

When: Sunday, August 28

Where: Hyderabad

Distances Offered: 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

Kaveri Trail Marathon

Photo Source: Kaveri Trail Marathon

Photo Source: Kaveri Trail Marathon

Often touted as one of the best trail marathons around town, KTM offers runners an extremely scenic, rustic route. Full marathoners have to watch out for a brutal 2nd loop and a pretty harsh sun that’s usually in full swing before the 2nd loop begins.

Where: Srirangapatna

When: Sunday, September 18

Distances Offered: 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon

Home turf! The 3rd edition of our very own Bengaluru Marathon promises to be bigger and better and is growing in popularity every year. Runners get to enjoy some quality time in Cubbon Park, which is picturesque and usually a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of the city.

When: Sunday, October 16

Where: Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore (Starting Point)

Distances Offered: 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

Bangalore Ultra

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Photo Source: Bangalore Ultra

Two days of packed events for runners of all calibers. If you look at the list of distances offered, you’ll realize why this is one of the most popular events in town for ultra-marathoners. Day 2 offers distances (12.5k and 25k) for some of the more “normal” runners, too.

When: Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13

Where: Hennur Bamboo Forest

Distances Offered: 12.5k, 25k, 50k, 75k, 100k, 24 Hour Challenge

Find out more about it here.

Spice Coast Marathon

Photo: Sandeep Chandran

Photo: Sandeep Chandran

Offering a flat and humid course, the Spice Coast marathon in Kochi gives us an opportunity for a fun weekend getaway to God’s Own Country.

When: Sunday, November 13

Where: Kochi, Kerala

Distances Offered: 5k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Corporate Relay

Find out more about it here.

Bangalore Midnight Marathon

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Photo Source: Flashbulbzz Photography

Run loops around Whitefield in one of the few night races in Bangalore. Not quite a favourite for those who are seriously into running because apparently it messes with your system, do this one for the fun of it.

When: Sunday, December 4

Where: Whitefield, Bangalore

Distances Offered: 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

The Wipro Chennai Marathon

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Photo Source: The Wipro Chennai Marathon

Flat and fast! The Chennai Marathon begins super early and offers runners a fun view of the beach and the Bay of Bengal. Quite the picturesque route that’s great for those just starting out.

When: Sunday, December 11

Where: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Distances Offered: 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

Photo: Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Photo: Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Arguably one of India’s most prestigious marathons, rub shoulders with Anil Ambani and Rahul Bose! Great course, good weather and a killer uphill climb towards the second half make it a strenuous one. This one’s an annual pilgrimage that many runners make from Bangalore.

When: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Where: Mumbai

Distances Offered: 6km, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Senior Citizens Run, Champions with Disability

Find out more about it here.

Auroville Marathon

Typically one of the last few races of the season, the Auroville Marathon is a fun trail marathon that takes runners inside the Auroville campus in Pondicherry.

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017

Where: Pondicherry

Distances Offered: 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Find out more about it here.

Inputs from Arun Britto Lawrence.

Feature Photo: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon