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.
2015: Organizers successfully conducts 6th edition of Goa River Marathon
The Goa River Marathon has successfully conducted 6 marathon events. The 6th was conducted in Dec 2015 and we saw participants from 22 countries. This year we introduced the full marathon i.e. 42KM. Additionally, all our routes were certified by Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS).
Nitin Bandekar, President of Vasco Sports Club, organizers of Skechers Goa River Marathon 2015 said, "I am happy to share that this year we have touched 3000 registrations for the half marathon and 10km run in the competitive section with 4000 entries in the 5Km charity run. Participants from 22 different countries had registered which included 18 Ethiopians and Kenyans. We even had a contingent of 12 top class runners from Ladakh who had to get acclimatized to the humid conditions in Goa. This year we had over 7,000 participants."
Spearheading technology innovations Rakesh Unny secretary, Vasco Sports Club revealed that "a new mobile App has been developed by our timing partners, 'Timing Technologies' from Hyderabad and introduced for the first time ever in the country at GRM 2015. Simply by typing the bib number anyone could track the particpants progress during the event.
It can be downloaded for free from Google Play."
Additionally and for the first time, Grm 2015 also witnessed the introduction of OCR based technology to help identify runners bib numbers on the photographs. Participants could visit the website and search for their photographs by simply entering their bib number.
The 6th edition of Grm saw Goa's Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar visit the Grm Venue. He congratulated the organizers of Goa River Marathon and hoped for even better participation numbers in the years ahead.
2015: Grm announces 2nd practice run to start from Miramar Circle, Panaji on 29th Nov, 2015
Grm today announced that they would be organizing a second practice run-cum-registration drive on November 29, starting at Miramar circle, Panjim at 6 a.m.
In an effort to encourage more local participation, special discount will be offered for Goan participants at the Goa River Marathon event to be held on 13th Dec, 2015
2015: Goa River Marathon practice run draws good response!
The Goa River Marathon practice run was flagged off on Sunday from SAG ground, Chicalim at 6 a.m, which drew good response from local enthusiasts, many of whom being women.
The organisers have also announced a similar practise run and registration drive on November 29, starting at Miramar circle, Panjim at 6 a.m. A special discount for Goan participants is being offered in an effort to encourage more local participation.
The National and International registrations for the sixth edition of Goa River Marathon touch over 2000 and countdown to December 13 is on. With the GRM now being an IAAF approved route for their international events, this year Goa will truly be hosting a world class event in long distance running.
Other than the usual 5km charity fun walk run, 10km and half marathon, this year will also have the full marathon of 42.2 kms.
Secretary of Vasco Sports Club Rakesh Unny informed, "We are pleasantly surprised with the national participant registration numbers, especially when so many running events are happening around the same day at Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. This is testimony to us that GRM has only grown in its reputation and stature over the years and among the marathon community in India. It was a delight today to see so many women and first time participants. Rightly so, as GRM is the only event in the country which gives equal prize money in every category for men and women."
2015: Grm practice run - 22-Nov-2015
Goa River Marathon Organizing team today announced that it was conducting a practice run on Sunday, 22nd November.
The practice run will start from the actual starting point i.e. Chicalim SAG Ground, Airport Road, and be run along the actual route along the Zuari River. The run will commence at 0600 Hrs.
All interested are requested to be present at the venue 15 minutes ahead of start time. No registration required for practice run.
2015: Grm announces availability of forms for the Fun Walk-Run event
Grm is pleased to inform that printed forms for the Fun Walk-Run event are available at the following locations in Goa:
Panjim: Carasid - Miramar Road
Panjim: Levis Store - MG Road - below Cafe Coffee Day
Margao: Borkars Super Store - Fatorda
Ponda: Borkars Super Store
Ponda: Naland Book store
Vasco: Vasco Sports club - Near Tilka Maidan
2015: Grm Hero features in newspaper
Dinesh Heda is a chartered accountant and financial consultant by profession, but a runner by passion. An ultra marathon runner, he has completed marathons from Vasco to Miramar, while the routes from Vasco to Bogmalo and Vasco to Hollant are now a piece of cake for him.
Over the years Dinesh has participated in 18 half marathons and 8 full marathons including the Bangalore Ultra 75 Km trail where he was the first runner up and was part of the Satara Hill Marathon 2015 pacing team.
Please click the link below to read the full article published in OHeraldo - Goa's leading daily newspaper.
2015: Grm releases Marathon Promo 2015
Grm releases Marathon Promo 2015
2015: Keep Pushing Ver 2.0 - Workshop for Runners
Goa River Marathon conducted a workshop for runners titled "Keep Pushing On" (ver 2.0). The workshop was held at Ravindra Bahavan, Madgaon, Goa on 04th Oct, 2015.
The guest speakers were Shri P. Venkatraman who presented an inspiring kinesiology demonstration - a study on how the body moves.
In this workshop he Explained the basics of the science of Kinesiology. Participants understood how a sedentary lifestyle is compromising their body movements and how this leads to injuries and reduced performance.
He helped participants evaluate their own bodies against certain established standards of performance such as balance, range of motion, strength, posture etc. He also indicated corrective measures to reduce risk of injuries and improve performance.
The other speaker was sports personality and training guru, Daniel Vaz who talked on "Energy systems during endurance running".
The workshop began at 7 am and ended at 11:30. Stay tuned for more such workshops.
2015: Full, Half and 10KM Competitive run routes now certified.
In an effort to ensure accuracy of the distance being run, Goa River Marathon organizers have got the full marathon, half marathon and competitive run routes certified by Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS). The certificate nos are:
Certificate No. IND2015/040 dated 06-Jul-2015 valid up to 31-Dec-2019 for the 41.195 KM Route
Certificate No. IND2015/041 dated 06-Jul-2015 valid up to 31-Dec-2019 for the 10KM Route
Certificate No. IND2015/042 dated 06-Jul-2015 valid up to 31-Dec-2019 for the 10KM Route
2015: 1st Marathon Training Workshop
Every year Goa River Marathon (an event organized by Vasco Sports Club of Vasco da Gama, Goa), tries to inculcate the spirit of running and physical fitness amongst Goans. Towards this end and in preparation of the Goa River Marathon; an annual event held in December each year, this year too Goa River Marathon is association with Workhardt Hospitals organized a marathon training workshop.
This marathon training workshop was held on July-05-2015 at the Internation Center at Dona Paula, Goa. The half-day workshop which began with an intense yoga session by Shammi Gupta - Yoga coach; was followed by a series of talks held by a panel of sports and nutrition experts which this year, included Harpreet Pasricha - celebrity dietician.
Harpreet Pasricha talk and advice on Marathon nutrition was very well received. There was also celebrity marathon and endurance training coach Norrie Williamson - coach at Coachnorie, South Africa. He covered the basics of training for long distance running and other endurance sports.
Starting from 2010, Vasco Sports Club has been organizing marathon training workshops and marathon running sessions (with coach) regularly. It's efforts have slowly but steadily borne fruit.
The number of runners especially marathon runners has slowly and steadily increased. Vasco Sports Club now has a sizeable group of people who have included running as part of their daily activities.
This year and for the first time, Goa River Marathon will include the full marathon - a grueling 42 KM run for which, a large number of the local runners are more than prepared. The Goa River Marathon will happen on July 13th, 2015. It has been rated as the 5th best in India and 1st most entertaining marathon in India.
2015: Talk on "Marathon Nutrition Wisdom"
A half-day Marathon training workshop was conducted by Vasco Sports Club under the banner of Goa River Marathon at the International Center at Donapaula on Sunday 5th, July, 2015.
Celebrity nutritionist Harpreet Pasricha presented a talk on 'Marathon nutrition wisdom - art of eating right for runners. She imparted wisdom on how eating power foods like cottage cheese, walnuts, flax-seed and drinking beetroot juice and coconut water provided more than ample power for marathon runners. Participants were advised not to have cheat meals on long run day and rather work on recovering with nutritious foods. She also explained the importance of vitamin B12 for runners and how the deficiency can affect the run time.
The half-day marathon training workshop also had celebrity Yoga guru Shammi Gupta and also long distance endurance running coach from South Africa; Norrie Williamson. It was a very fruitful half-day for the participants who appreciated the efforts being put in by the organizers of the Goa River Marathon.