Through A Forest, In A Hill Station And Under The Rain: Six Marathons To Train For In 2019

A marathon is an exciting, grilling and intense activity. Run by veterans, amateurs and even beginners, running a marathon often becomes a milestone activity one needs to check off their list. Have you been goal marking a marathon to run in 2019? If yes, look out for these marathons to participate in 2019 to prepare yourself fully.

Vasai Virar Marathon: December

The Vasai-Virar Marathon is an annual marathon that is organised in the far suburbs of Mumbai. Since its first event in 2011, hundreds of participants come from in and around Vasai. The marathon generally takes place in December. It’s a full marathon covering 42.2 kilometres starting from Viva College and back. However, if you’re not up for a full marathon, you can also sign up for the half marathon {which’ll cover 21 kms}.

The marathon is exciting because the route is nice, the roads are wide and open. Sign up for this if you’re looking for spectators, volunteering opportunities and more.

#LBBTip: There’s a free transport facility that runs from Virar Railway station for full marathon participants.

Great Monsoon Marathon Challenge: June to September

Every year, during the monsoon season, four marathons are arranged at four exotic locations over a stretch of four months. You can run for all four or run for one, the choice is yours. The locations are the ones which are completely drenched with greenery and nature. So, unlike the other marathons, this one would be more refreshing than tiring. 

The marathons start during June-end. The first one will kickstart on June 23, 2019. The four locations chosen this year are foothills of Prabalgad near Panvel, Matheran, Stone Ridge Valley and Durshet forest. So this monsoon, get over the pakora-chai at home, get out and run.

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Near Prabalgad Fort, Prabalmachi, Maharashtra

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    Monsoon Madness Half Marathon: June & November

    Monsoon Madness is an annual event organised by Running and Living Infotainment run by Rahul Verghese held around the Aarey Milk Colony. The marathon is unique mainly because the area is green and leafy, also known as the ‘green land’ of the city, Rahul tells us. He adds, it’s also a tough one to run owing to its rough hilly route.

    The marathon is conducted twice a year, once in June and November. The marathon either happens when it’s raining, or when it’s not and either way the participants are drenched. One can sign up for one of the three categories, 5 kms, 10 kms and 21.1 kms (which is the half marathon).

    Find more information here.

    Mumbai Half Marathon: August

    Started with the aim to encourage a fit and healthy lifestyle in the city, this marathon is held on 25th August. For starters, there’s a 5K fun run which will start from Bandra Kurla Express. Apart from that, there’s a timed 10K run and a half marathon (21 Kms). The details regarding the route are yet to be announced, so stay tuned.

    Mahabaleshwar Endurathon: September

    2019 is only the second year of the exciting marathon, which is claimed to be the most scenic run of the country. Scheduled to be held on September 15, the race has been arranged in Tapola which is also called ‘mini Kashmir’ and is situated 2,500 ft above sea level.

    So, while running you’ll capture the beautiful scenic view, lush greenery and exotic birds – making this marathon all the more thrilling and adventurous. The marathon covers various distances starting from 5K and going up to 70K. And as it held in September, the runners will be able to test their endurance in a pleasant climate.

    Run For Diversity – Half Marathon: December

    Hosting their 3rd edition this year, the main motive behind this Marathon is the worrying low representation of women in workplaces and is an initiative to create awareness about women leadership in the workspace. #RunForDiversity will be held on 1st December in the Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai. The distances covered will be 5K, 10K and 21K half marathon.