Feet on the Street was a 5 km charity run, the first of it’s kind in Bangalore. The idea was two-fold: to get people of all ages and all walks of life to start running for fun, and also collect money for charity. The proceeds from this run went to Dream a Dream.
This was my second 5 km run in a month (after Auroville), and I’m happy to report that this time I was slightly better prepared. My timing was far better (40 minutes in Auroville; 36 minutes on the treadmill; and 30 minutes today), and I think I paced myself reasonably well.
The route was a 2.5 km loop that we had to go around twice, and the organizers encouraged us to run, walk or traverse, as we felt like it. One didn’t have to finish, as it was just a charity event with no timings; the idea was to enjoy ourselves.
As far as organization goes, it was pretty well done. There were around 200 runners, from about 5 years to 70-plus. There were refreshment spots with Electral, water and glucose biscuits available at every 1.25 km point, which was nice. Runners for Life (RFL) and Dream a Dream volunteers were around, and they were available to talk about running.
RFL, in association with Nike Run Club, is organizing training sessions for the Bangalore Sunfeast 10k run in May, and registered members can avail of training from a professional coach free of cost.
All this is wonderful, of course, but what feels best is being part of something. Hopefully, I shall keep running!