13,000 runners all set to push their limit at this 42-km marathon in Pune
Pune Running Beyond Myself , which was started in 2010, was a group of 10-20 runners. Over the years, the community grew bigger and now, they are known as one of the largest running event organisers in Pune.pune Updated: Nov 02, 2017 15:10 IST
The fifth edition of Pune Running Beyond Myself (PRBM) annual marathon will be held on November 19 and the organisers are expecting more than 13,000 participants to register for the event.
“The fourth edition of PRBM in 2016 saw a leap in the number of participants and had almost 12,500 runners in all. The purpose of the event was to encourage new runners and provide a tougher challenge to current runners. It was for the first time that the full marathon distance of 42.195 km was introduced in PRBM. So this time, we are expecting a larger number and already have over 10,000 registrations,” said Sandeep Kolatkar.
The event will be held at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi in 3K, 5K, 10K, half marathon (21K) and full marathon (42K) categories.
The event is supported by Mother's Recipe and Volkswagen while Creestaa Elevator Private Limited, HRX, Amura, MNGL, HealYos, BVG Maharashtra Emergency Medical Service and Enerzal are the co-sponsors.
The event also is partnering with NGO Nanhi kali, a project by KC Mahindra Education Trust (KCMET), with the aim of providing primary education to underprivileged girl children in India. Another charity partner is Teach For India, a non-profit organisation that believes in excellent education for all children and is striving to end the problem of educational inequity in our country.
PRMB, which was started in 2010, was a group of 10-20 runners. Over the years, the community grew bigger and now, they are known as one of the largest running event organisers in Pune.
The fifth edition of the event has grown immensely and currently, they have small running groups in almost every pocket of the city including Balewadi, Baner, Hinjewadi, Kothrud, Koregaon Park, Kharadi, Magarpatta, Pimple Saudagar, NIBM road, Viman Nagar and Wakad. These groups are managed by volunteers and anyone can call them and join the group.