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A long run, piping hot chai and new friends

mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2012 01:28 IST
Renuka Rao
Renuka Rao
Hindustan Times
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It took a heart attack for IT professional Sudhir Bafna, 51, to appreciate the importance of fitness. Sudhir, who had an attack nine years ago, was among the first people to sign up for the 10km-run organised by Running and Living Infotainment.

More than 150 people participated in eight 10km-runs at — Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, Aarey Colony, Goregaon, Joggers’ Park, Bandra, RC Church, Navy Nagar, Marine Drive, Mulund, Vashi, and Worli — as a part of the HT No TV Day initiative.

“It is such a joy to run without giving a damn about the weather, onlookers or surroundings,” said Rahul Verghese, 51, founder of the organisation. “No doubt, it’s a healthy activity, but it’s also a psychologically enriching experience.

For some such as Abhay Brahma 26, a management professional, the run was an occasion to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the national park. “I’d rather run like this than spend my mornings lazing around doing nothing,” he said. While everyone enjoyed the runs, they all unanimously agreed that the best part was the hot chai after the run.