Never mind the dipping mercury levels, never-say-die Amdavadis brace up again to sprint it out on the first Sunday morning of the New Year, when the city will host the third edition of Sabarmati Marathon 2013.
More than 15,000 enthusiasts will run in three different events — the full marathon, half marathon and the dream run.
Though the chill in the early morning air is expected to be a slight dampener even on Sunday morning, but the rush at the registration site allays this fear. Along with city’s runners, outstation enthusiasts like Mumbai-based runners’ club and Xtreme Sports India are eagerly awaiting the day.
However, going by an enthusiast’s words, the fall in temperature is actually congenial for running. “The best temperature to run is around 10-15 degree Celsius and with Ahmedabad providing such a climate at this time of the year, runners would have a great time,” said Bhaskar Desai, promoter of the club.
And like each year, participants’ challenge and enthusiasm too is growing together with the size of the event. Preparations for the D-day began two months ago. Apart from regular practice, runners also take care of their food intake. Participants have been preparing by loading themselves with lots of carbohydrates.
Though the yearend is party season, members are being particular on food intake and following it rigorously. “Tips on diet, strength, warm-up etc were circulated to all the runners before running,” said Lihas Trivedi, president of Ahmedabad Distance Runner Club.
Running competition has certainly caught every Amdavadi’s imagination. According to organisers, the oldest participant, though in 7-km dream run event, is a 79-year-old man from city. The category will also witness the youngest runner, a 7-year-old.
Meanwhile, last edition’s winners Philomen Rotich and Gadise Fita Megersa will be aiming hard to defend their titles. Sabarmati marathon has attracted international athletes.
As compared to 90-odd in 2011, this year the number of international athletes registered for the event has touched 180. The race will once again be between the African nations, Ethiopia and Kenya in particular, favourite for the podium. “Yes, it will be a good competition,” said Samuel Yimam, an Ethiopian who is on his first visit to the city.