- 2014: Goa River Marathon - Report
- The Goa River Marathon is a 21 Km half-marathon and a 5 Km mini 'walk-run' event held near Vasco da Gama, the port city in the beautiful State of Goa, India. The typical city-village scene, large enthusiastic crowds, party atmosphere and 100 Kms of un-spoilt Goan beaches appeal to all the first-timers.
The main event is a 21.1 kilometer half marathon and this saw participants from all over the World. Ethiopian runners Nindake Bejiga and Hurisa Askale Jena clinched first places in men’s and women’s categories respectively in the Half Marathon (21.1 kilometer) of the Skechers Goa River Marathon 2014, held in Vasco da Gama on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
Runners from Singapore, Malaysia, France, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, England, Spain, Equador, USA, Canada, Bhutan, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Kenya, Ethopia participated in the half marathon and 10 Kilometer run; making the Goa River Marathon organized by Vasco Sports Club, a truly international event.
The main event i.e. the 21.1 KM run of Goa River Marathon 2014 was flagged off by R Venkat of Skechers. The 10 kilometer competitive run was flagged off by Power Minister Milind Naik, while Vasco Sports Club president Nitin Bandekar flagged off corporate relay.
A total cash prize of INR 600,000 was distributed among the winners in various categories.
Power Minister Milind Naik, Minister for Forest and Environment Alina Saldanha, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Rajendra Arlekar, Deputy Speaker Anant Shet, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, GCCI president Narayan Bandekar, Vasco SC president Nitin Bandekar, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area Rear Admiral Belvinder Parhar, Vasco SC secretary Rakesh Unni besides others were present on the occasion.
Why run the Goa River Marathon?
As you run the first leg of your 21 kilometer route, on the left you will see the calm, beautiful and soothing waters of the Zuari river. You will see the occasional fishing boat with a man or two in them waiting patiently for the fish as if frozen in time. You see this against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Jacinto Island and you'd be forgiven for thinking that there is truly no better or a more beautiful route for a marathon.
The route takes you to picturesque St. Jacinto Island and then back along the same route. The main event also has a special "Veterans" and “Super Veterans” category for both genders. There are cash prizes for all categories.
The Community Fun Run: This is a just-for-fun non-competitive event where participants can walk or run. The idea is to just reach the finish line in the spirit of participation. Although the walk is non-competitive, prize would be awarded for best costume, best theme group, oldest participant and so on.
Along the way the route takes in many of the city's sights passing through house clusters, the beach front, the local commercial and market areas. The port town of Vasco da Gama is 5 to 15 minutes drive from three beaches, namely, Baina, Bogmalo and Velsao. There are also plenty of accommodation options ranging from 5-Star to budget hotels.
- 2014: Press Conference for the 5th Goa River Marathon
- Elite athletes from Ethopia, Kenya, France and Equador including last year’s winner Daniel Cheruiyot, 2012 women’s champion Virginia Njeri and 2011 men’s winner Hillary Kipproto along with thousands of runners across the world will participate in the 5th Goa River Marathon, organised by Vasco Sports Club and sponsored by Sketchers, which will be held in Vasco on December 14, 2014.
Addressing the presspersons during the launch of Skechers Goa River Marathon (GRM 2014) Anthem here on Tuesday, Vasco Sports Club president Nitin Bandekar said: “My main aim is to bring maximum number of runners from across and India and abroad and make long distance running a more popular sport in the state.”
Giving the details about the response the GRM 2014 has received so far, he said: “This year has seen registrations from national and international participants with 1,400 entries for the half marathon, 500 entries for the 10km run and 12 team entries for the Corporate Relay.”
“Total cash prizes worth Rs 6 lakh will be given to runners in the competitive event.” he added.
Besides the main events, about 4,000 people have already registered to participate in the Charity Fun Walk-Run whose proceeds will be shared between charities — COOJ A (socio rehabilitation for mentally ill adults), Muskaan (a support group for cancer survivors and patients) and Ashadeep (a new dawn school for the challenged).
Half Marathon will start at 6 am, 10km Marathon at 6.30 am, Corporate Relay at 6.45 am and 5km Charity Fun Walk Run will start at 9 am. All the races will start and end at Baina Beach in Vasco.
The marathon’s theme song composed by Piyush Soni and titled ‘Keep Pushing On — It’s Your Run’, was also released during the press conference.
- 2014: Goa River Marathon Workshop
- Vasco Sports Club in association with Workhardt Hospitals organised a Marathon Training Workshop today, which was largely attended by motivated runners, from all over Goa. Led by renowned Sports Scientist - Shayamal Vallabjee and Life Coach – Dr. Purnendu Nath.
Goa River Marathon, a highly popular running event is organised by Vasco Sports Club – one of India's oldest sports club. The Goa River Marathon has witnessing near 100% growth year on year.
During the marathon workshop, Sports Scientist - Shayamal Vallabjee said” The human body is a very resilient structure, start running and training with your goal in mind, pay
attention to nutrition, run downhill, do hamstring exercises, eat a high carbohydrates diet and sleep well, you must also focus on body recovery”. He showed some simple exercises to help the runners train better.
Life Coach – Dr. Purnendu Nath said ”keep a running log, use data to reach your goal and run, don’t wait for right weather, right shoes, right juice etc, it’s a great fitness and lifestyle change, the best investment you can do for your body is invest in your health”. He too demonstrated simple techniques to help the runners train better.
Vasco Sports Club President Nitin Bandekar said “Our goal is to inspire, celebrate and educate the community with a healthy lifestyle through this easily accessible sport – running. In keeping with its vision of sharing a beautiful pollution free and picturesque route for runners all over India and making long distance running a more popular sport in Goa. The Club has been instrumental in creating a running culture across Goa. We want people to develop a healthy lifestyle through running and feel the excitement and fulfillment of crossing the finish line. Self-help running groups have been assigned across the state to help individuals prepare for the upcoming event”.
Dinesh Heda who started as walker in 2010 has yesterday completed the Bangalore Ultra 75 kms Trail which starts at 5.00 a.m. Dinesh Heda was the 1st runner up in the Bangalore Ultra 75 kms.
Recognised as India's most entertaining marathon, the Goa River Marathon has been attracting over thousands of participants. A Group popularly known as the "SUSSEGADO RUNNERS", has been teaming up thrice a week to conduct practice running sessions at Mapusa, Panaji, Madgaon and Vasco. This 60-Day preparation will continue until the final race day and is aimed at helping individuals shape up for the event.