After several mini and half marathons over the past five years, Indore is finally hosting its first full marathon later this year.
In Indore, half marathons have become synonymous with the start or conclusion of cultural events. The city also witnesses around six mini and half marathons a year which are organised to raise awareness for various causes.
With Indore set to host a full marathon, serious runners in the city couldn’t be more happy.
“The first time we organised a half marathon was in 2015. It was organised under the 21 km, 10 km and 5 km categories. The half marathon saw around 400-500 people participate. This year, the number doubled to reach 900 people,” said Dr Anil Agrawal, cancer specialist and founder of academy of Indore marathoners, the organiser of full marathon.
“People would often wonder that how people run for 42 km or 21 km at a stretch. They would think that only professionals or people who have run all their life can do this. But slowly these thoughts are getting erased from their minds,” he added.
People of all age groups participate in these marathons, with entire families taking part.
Indore is developing a marathon culture. You see families participating, a trend which was not present. Also in this year’s half marathon, a lot of senior citizens took part who had been training for it since six months or so,” said Vishal Soni, a businessman and a runner.