In Pics: Unmasking the Humans of Bengaluru Marathon
A runner adorns his medal at the Bengaluru Marathon 2017. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
A runner adorns his medal at the Bengaluru Marathon 2017. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

In Pics: Unmasking the Humans of Bengaluru Marathon

A whopping 14,000 people participated in the Bengaluru Marathon, but some personalities stood out of the crowd. Running is never about winning or losing. It is about moving forward to get to the finish line. A lot of collective effort was involved in making the Bengaluru Marathon a success.

All Athletes Need a Coach

Manjunath,  coach. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Manjunath, coach. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“Coaching athletes is a very rewarding activity. I hope I have instilled a sense of motivation and enthusiasm among participants over the last 30 years.”

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Hustle for the Muscle

Nakayama, a participant at the marathon. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Nakayama, a participant at the marathon. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“I used to be a thin, lanky guy before. One day, I took up a resolution to stay fit. The sense of satisfaction I derive out of it is immense.”

When Technical Analysis Is the Key

A Rajavel, Technical Chairman of the Karnataka Athletic Association. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
A Rajavel, Technical Chairman of the Karnataka Athletic Association. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“I have a team of people who assist me in setting the technical norms for the marathon. This includes measuring the distance and gradient accurately as well as approving the route map.”

An Aim Above the Mark to Hit the Mark

Divya, an athlete. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Divya, an athlete. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“I was the winner of half-marathon last year. This time, I have finished at the 18th spot. I run at various events so that I can get a government job in the sports quota.”

Role of a Physiotherapist

Manikantan, Managing Director of Spectrum Physio. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Manikantan, Managing Director of Spectrum Physio. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“Physiotherapy is crucial for athletes. For the last 15 years, I have been assisting runners with treating cramps, muscle pulls and other health conditions.”

The Joy After Crossing the Finish Line

Kavitha Reddy, a homemaker. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Kavitha Reddy, a homemaker. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“I like doing things for myself and hence, I run for myself. Completing a race is like finishing a cup of coffee. It feels much nicer after its done.”

When Age Is Just a Number

Pankaj Rai, a participant. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Pankaj Rai, a participant. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“Just because I have grey hair, people came and asked me if I need a stretcher. They don’t know that I go for a 40 kilometer run every weekend.”

IAF Officers At the Forefront

Indian Air Force officers. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Indian Air Force officers. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“We run almost seven to ten kilometers everyday as part of our training. But, running as part of a marathon is so much more fun.”

From Yoga Instructor to a Marathon Runner

Neetu Panjuani, a yoga instructor. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Neetu Panjuani, a yoga instructor. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

“I have been a fitness freak since I was young. I had practiced very diligently for the full marathon. I am glad I was able to get to the finish line.”

Disability Is in the Mind

Ghousiya, a software engineer. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/<b>The Quint</b>)
Ghousiya, a software engineer. (Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

Mujhe sports se bahut lagan hai. I managed to complete the five-kilometer run today. My body is disabled, but not my mind.”

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