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Running in hills has come up as a new hobby for many who want to explore the new terrains of the high altitude areas by running. When in college Arvind Kumar started running, it was something to get his mind off something that upset him, but over the years Kumar developed a special fetish for this sport. Now, Kumar has improved a lot in this game and this year, along with two others, Kumar will take part in the Comrades Marathon from Chennai. This marathon is one of the biggest events and oldest marathon race that take place every year in South Africa.
According to Amit Sheth, the ambassador for the marathon event in South Africa, Kumar is the youngest participant. “Arvind is just 27 and he will run for about 90-km in this marathon event,” said Sheth while breaking this news in a recent media conference. More than 60 persons from across the country have registered for this running event in South Africa. Sheth has also said that Arvind has been taking intense training before the marathon and every week he has been running more than 80 to 100 km. ‘I run everywhere in the city. I stay at T Nagar, but I often run to Besant Nagar and other places in Chennai. For me, running is a challenge and sometimes I also run to the hills in the Nilgiri. It is fun. I am really looking forward to the marathon event in South Africa,” said the 27 year old runner when asked about his love for this sport.
‘Running in the hills is tiring. But it makes you tough. There are different types of run. City run, running by the ocean, trail run etc. All have their different impacts on your body,” added Kumar, who has also trained himself with hill ultra runs this year.
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Running for charity purpose is not new at all. In f act, it has become very popular as this is a great way to to get fit and also feel good. Fitness is good for heart – both figuratively and literally. Nonprofit organizations utilize a whole lot of new events to raise awareness and money.
Earlier, it used to be luncheons and fashion shows or galas; but, now it has become charity runs and walks that has motivated people. Now, donors are also lining up for an avent taking place in each weekend across Southern California, mainly as the days get hot.
New York’s Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council’s president David Hessekiel told that the idea of people working up a sweat for a good cause they believe in has been around for forty years. However, the new thing is there are more do-your-own events with the advent of inexpensive online methods to publicize them and to fund them.
Mr David Hessekiel added that charity events incline to be more spring- and fall-related here where he live. But in Southern California, this could be year round. What they were seeing now is a huge interest in fun runs as well – like obstacle course runs or color runs. People tends to get involved in athletic events for different reasons and he believe that this could be a case of icing on the cake if a charity benefits.
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Local sports fraternity members generally tackle Cayman Marathon. Some tennis players and an amateur golfer/softball player would make one of the teams for the race on Sunday. Sean Landreth, who fancies his swing, played a huge role in making a 4 person relay with tennis players Mike Bonikowski, Dale Avery and Adam Bayley. Sean told that his Milo Misfits happened naturally.
Sean told that Rob Seward is his tennis coach and Adam and Dale are both all around sports people. They pass each other running South Sound on a regular basis. They talk about their running as well as sports injuries frequently. He decided because of his ongoing shin splints he would do the relay, Bayley’s team dropped out and Avery is running the half so he would do the 1st leg for them and continue on to complete the half.
He added that his beloved has sponsored Milo Kids Fun Run through Jacques Scott for the last 4 years and they thought that it would be fun to put a team into the relay race. In the past, they competed on a team together for the Jacques Scott and t he team ended 3rd in the contest. That was huge accomplishment for them.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon race this weekend, arranged by Kelly Holding, collects funds for Cayman Islands Cadet Corps as well as the Cancer Society and several other organizations. There would be more than hundred full marathon runners.