Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mission accomplished !!!

Dear all,
I am extremely delighted to declare that the Mission has been accomplished... in 2hrs 57 mins...
A total of 38,000+ participants across categories made it the biggest marathon in India, with lots of celebrities joining in despite the terror threats.... this is the real spirit of Mumbai... hats off !

The race begin at 6.15am sharp from Bandra in the pitch of darkness as the Sun rose only around 7 am... the first 7 kms on the Bandra Worli Sea-link were the toughest as there were only runners on the bridge... crowds cheered for the runners as soon as we hit the Worli Sea face... besides the volunteers who were offering water, juices etc, there were hundreds of people who served the runners with fruits, biscuits and choclates... I was humbled to see many young kids volunteering so early on a Sunday morning... However the most humbling experience was to listen to various physically challenged participants on the radio... Thanks Radio Mirchi for telling their stories to us... Am really inspired and thankful to God even more now...
Sharing a few pics taken by my wife, who was not sure whether I will complete the race, actually she was worried looking at my past record of injuries :) But she has been a great support in pushing me do things which I have never done before in life (eg. new hair style with spikes)
The pic below is at the start of marathon....
This pic below is taken at the moment I returned home victorious... the medal is the proof :P

My first half-marathon running number and the medal :)
I could do all this because of my young daughter Navya who dazzles us everyday with the un-thinkable... I dedicate this victory (yes, its indeed a victory on my own) to her...
Cheers with Beers :P :P

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