By taking part in unconventional races, Mumbai-based ‘Bombay Running’ is setting new bars

Mumbai-based Bombay Running on taking up unconventional races like The Speed Project to try to set the bar for operating communities throughout India

It normally takes a day or, at greatest, every week for New Year’s resolutions to begin cracking. Tushar Motwani, nevertheless, did the unthinkable. With 10 days to go for his birthday in December 2012, Tushar, and his good friend Deepak Oberoi, resolved to run 10 kilometres a day. They haven’t stopped operating since.

Alongside Bhuvandeep Chowdhary, Tushar and Deepak are the co-founders of Mumbai-based Bombay Running, a robust group of runners that features all people from the typical to the athletic. Tushar says that there are numerous chapters of the operating group who keep related on location-based WhatsApp teams and who commune for runs on all days of the week; a number of the runners additionally take part in decentralised and/or unsanctioned races, just like the do-it-yourself race, The Speed Project (TSP).

Six runners of the Bombay Running group took part in this race earlier this month, which had members from the world over run relay fashion. The goal? Run as a lot distance as they will inside a time restrict of 31 hours and 15 minutes (which is the present document time set throughout a TSP run between Los Angeles and Las Vegas).

Bombay Running’s Amit Lahekar, Anil Korvi, Aman Mehla, Manoj Rane, Priyanka Bhat and Payal Khanna ran 502.47 kilometres in the time afforded to them, which positioned them third on the worldwide listing.

“The idea of participating in TSP was to put Bombay Running and India on the global running map. A lot of people run for their own pride or to achieve the targets they set for self. With races like TSP, it is not something everyone can do because you need to get people together, train with them as a group and then participate,” says Tushar, over a Zoom name from Mumbai.

The youngest of the six runners, 21-year-old Aman Mehla, solely began in 2017, and took part in his first 3K run whereas in faculty. “It was a race for charity on Marine Drive. Pokémon GO was very popular at the time, and I ran the race to catch Pokémon on the circuit. I finished third,” he laughs.

Unlike Aman, Amit Lahekar (28) was impressed to take up operating when he got here in contact with two marathoners at a guide promotion occasion in Pune a couple of years in the past. “I love sports but I couldn’t get far playing cricket and football. So I took to running wanting to fare better,” says Aman, who has now run a handful of marathons and even participated in the Bombay-Goa chase, an unsanctioned run much like TSP.

Anil Korvi (L) and Amit Lahekar (R) training for The Speed Project

Anil Korvi (L) and Amit Lahekar (R) coaching for The Speed Project
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Helping them put together for TSP was Daniel Vaz, head coach, Nike Run Club India. “It was hard to train during lockdown. Coach Dan gave us endurance training and gave us new workouts to help us add more speed and to survive the time. We used to train and do simulation runs from morning 5 am till 10 pm,” says Anil Korvi, including that the group finally set on the technique of sprinting for 3 minutes earlier than switching in order that “the fatigue build-up isn’t as high” as in comparison with doing a 5K or marathon run. This additionally allowed particular person runners the time to recuperate whereas their relay companions went on their sprints.

What’s subsequent for Bombay Running? “We came in third and we have now set the bar for others. For us, it will be about taking up newer challenges. The bottomline is about developing consistency and a habit. Even today, Deepak gives me a wake up call at 5 am and we go on a run together. It is about the community that we can build through our runs,” Tushar provides.

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