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November 17th 2019


Goa River Marathon Media Center

From a humble begning in 2010 with a few hundred runners to the several thousand runners today. Goa River Marathon has come a long way and we have our participants, supporters and sponsors to thank for that. This page is a walk down the memory lane cataloguing the highlights as they occurred.
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  • 2013: Goa River Marathon - Report
    • Already one of the top 5 marathon events in India, the Goa River Marathon 2013 has been attracting participants from India and all over the World. Vasco Sports Club the organizers of Goa River Marathon, held the event on 8th Dec 2013.

      This year too the run began from Baina beach and proceeded through the sleepy port town of Vasco da Gama and then onto the scenic route that runs besides the Zuari river (hence the name ‘Goa River Marathon’).

      There were four categories as part of the main event; 21 km Half Marathon, 10 km Competitive Run, 5 Km Family Run & the 5×4 km Corporate Relay.

      What is not widely known is that Goa River Marathon is that apart from sports, Vasco Sports Club through Goa River Marathon, has been at the forefront of charitable activities too. The proceeds of the Fun Walk Run event go to various charitable institutions like ‘Cause of Our Joy’ (a Psycho- Social Rehabilitation Centre), ‘Ashadeep New Dawn’ - School for the differently abled and ‘Muskaan’ - Support Group for cancer patients.

      Under the banner of Goa River Marathon, Vasco Sports Club organises several Marathon workshops. These are specifically meant for new aspirants wanting to begin running for sport or running for health. In fact, one marathon training workshop was held recently in which 3 top fitness instructors - Dr. Aashish Contractor (Head of Preventive Cardiology, Asian Heart Hospital ), Daniel Vaz, Coach Nike Running Club (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Fitness Professional Sports conditioning & Nutritionist from American College of Exercise) & Mr. P. Venkataraman were there to coach the new aspirants.

      To generate interest in running, Vasco Sports Club under the banner of Goa River Marathon, hosted the premiere of ‘BHAAG MILKA BHAAG’. While the proceeds of the show went for charity, the people were reminded that it is never too late to start running and that there were several opportunities to do so right here in Goa.

      The Endeavour of Vasco Sports Club has always been to spread the message of health through their various initiatives. In fact, it’s success can be gauged from the fact that several other sporting organizations, sports clubs and running groups have started their own marathon runs with various themes. The end result is better health and fitness for everyone.

  • 2013: Goa River Marathon Training Workshop
    • The workshop was conducted by the Vasco Sports Club who are the organizers of the famous Goa River Marathon. The Marathon Training Workshop was conducted with the help of top trainers from around the country to help participants understand and use the scientific and practical aspects to train and run in their personal best time!

      The Goa River Marathon Training Workshop was held at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji, Goa on 18th August 2013.

      The key take aways were:

      How to evaluate your fitness levels

      How to devise your training plan accordingly

      Ways to monitor and Motivate your training

      Tailor a nutrition regimen for yourself

      Advice on hydration techniques during the race

      Advice on appropriate clothing and footwear

      There were three professional sports trainers at the Goa River Marathon Training Workshop; Dr. Aashish Contractor, Mr. Daniel Vaz and Mr. P. Venkatraman.

      Dr. Aashish is the Head of Department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation
      at the Asian Heart Institute and the Medical Director of the Standard Chartered
      Mumbai Marathon.

      He is certified as ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist (in 1998). He is involved with
      the ACSM since 1996 and organized the first ever ACSM Workshop and
      Certification in India, in the year 2003 (in Mumbai). He has written chapters in
      ACSM publications as well as reviewed several ACSM publicafions, including the
      8th edition of the Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

      Mr. Daniel Vaz is one of the premier running coaches in Mumbai, having trained hundreds of Mumbaikars to successfully complete the half and full marathon. He is the coach for the Nike Run Club, and the Colgate-Palmolive Runners Club. He also contributes regular articles on 'Distance Learning' for Runners For Life.

      Daniel has been certified by ACE as a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and has
      several workshops. including Framework - 7 steps to healthy muscles. bones and
      joints; Nutrition Strategies for Fitness and is a Core Training Specialist from ACE.

      Mr. P. Venkatraman a Mumbai-based Chartered Accountant, is a seasoned runner and has been ninning the SCMM Half Marathons for many years now.

      He has been training teams for the last several years in his various offices as well
      as cardiac patients. Together with the Asian Heart Institute he has launched
      India's first and World's largest Sweat Rate study with a view to resolve the
      hydration conundrum for Indian runners. His latest initiative YouTooCanRun is
      aimed to promote running as a means to good health.
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