Dilli 6- A run in Lutyens Delhi

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December 24, 2014

The Delhi chapter of MeraTerahRRRun “Delhi 6” -by Priya Vaidyanathan

started on a cold wintry morning around 11:45 AM thanks to the delay in the train from Bhopal due to a thick fog engulfing the city early morning for the past few days. In fact it turned out to be a blessing since the enthusiastic team of runners reached Lodhi Gardens they brought beautiful sunshine along with them and the sun smiled upon us and it was mid-morning run which all of us welcome. After a quick hello and introduction of the team and the support group of Delhi, it

Geting Ready for the Delhi Run

as decided by Jagdish and a few runners that we start running inside the garden and after a few loops we could run towards India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, As we ran thru the beautiful and lush green garden, we marveled at the amazing architecture oozing with Mughal history and appreciated efforts of the Archaeological Society of India in preserving this protected monuments. I am sure a few pictures taken by the team will do justice to the various Gumbajs since I am unable to put them in words. It was stunning! A small moat inside the garden with ducks and swans floating around blissfully. The dahlias where in full bloom. Many beautiful trees lined the route which was a mix of concrete and mud. The rays of the sunlight along with the fog was indeed magical. They were many walkers and runners in the garden trying to soak in the sun and enthusiastic bunch  of school children who waved out at us when we ran. The ground was barefoot friendly too From the garden we ran towards India Gate and paid our respects to the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

Priya And Brijesh

All of us felt extremely patriotic and shouted Jai Hind and Vande Mataram much to the amazement of the various tourists and police officers. A few of them clapped for us on the run. A quick photoshoot and video and we ran towards Rashtrapati Bhawan. Many government officials were basking in the afternoon sun at  lunch time and were curious about the bunch of yellow tee runners and one of them actually asked Jagdish about it and he patiently and politely explained to him about the run and Rejuvenate India Movement. We did two loops around Rashtrapati Bhawan and by then almost 14K was completed. Following which we ran back via India Gate via Lodhi Gardens and completed the run of 21.1k inside the Lodhi Gardens. All in all, in few words, the whole run was amazing, enthusiastic, spontaneous, truly patriotic with sprinkling of marvelous Mughal architecture, the blessing of the sun god and beautiful spirit of the camaraderie and support towards the wonderful cause. Arpita, a fellow female runner, came all the way from Gurgaon taking a day off from work to join the team, run and support them.We also had another fellow runner from Delhi, Mr Ajay Mehta, who ran 10K with the team and also supported the cause in many ways.Thanks to Vipin Rohila who organized everything from transport to food  and refreshment and stay for the team and thanks to Bharat for patiently capturing this day and historical run from behind his lens. Thanks to the transport drivers who patiently waited at various spots for water and refills.

I consider myself truly blessed to participate in this run today and getting to know many runners for the first time. I sincerely thank the team of MeraTerahRRRun from the bottom of my heart and wish everyone the very best onwards in their journey and more splendid experiences and excitement ahead! All in all, it is one amazing adventure!  It is indeed a journey of lifetime!!!

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Bhopal: The city with a civic conscience. For a change, the train reached almost on time. It was not as cold as we imagined it to be. The station was surprisingly clean. That was three good omens before we started the run. The run was flagged off by the young RIM Samaj Shilpis. They also joined us on the route. Starting from the New Market, we headed towards Lower Lake and then the Upper Lake, better known as Bhoj Taal now.

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Many of us dream of changing the world. And some go about working on those dreams to bring it to fruition. Bengaluru Runners with Dr. H. Sudarshan This morning 18th December, circa 2014, a bunch of enthusiasts committed to a cause, assembled at a stadium in Bangalore called the Kanteerava Stadium to flag off Mera Terah RRRun. It was truly an assemblage of yours, mine and ours. People directly connected to the cause through a common network and those separated by 6 degrees of separation came together to run for a cause.

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Asima meets the Tatris at Secunderabad Station Asima with Runner @Sec Station There was definite chill in the air. The temperature was 12 degrees, forecasting the colder times ahead in our journey. The jackets came out. “There you all are. I have finally found you” -, beamed the ever energetic Asima and all the thoughts of the 75 minutes late train vanished from our minds. She performed the role of a perfect traffic cop at 6-45 in the morning to help us wade thru the bumper to bumper traffic in Secunderabad station’s parking area.

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Day 2: The first thing you notice about Cochin after getting down at the Railway station is the humidity, even at 5 in the morning. We started worrying about hydration. The enerzal packets were emptied into water bottles. The first of the out-stations run of the MeraTerahRRRun looked daunting. We got out of our hotel, a little anxious. That’s when we were welcomed by the Soles of Cochin runners. They had been waiting for us for more than 15 minutes.