1st edition of Kolkata Trail Run 10K 2016 made a gala entry on 10th January 2016
In a unique run organized by Sportiz, runners in the city had a 10 km competitive sprint in the east Kolkata wetlands. Christened “Kolkata Trails 10K”, the event took participation from men and women above 16 years of age which was open for only 100 participants in its first edition.
On a misty winter morning on Sunday, the runners hit the trail from Godrej Waterside IT Park off Ring Road in Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata. The concept of trail run was new to most of the participants as it was east India’s first trail run. Contrary to what runners get in road races like marathons and half marathons, trail run does not offer smooth roads but different kinds of stretches from broken tar, gravel, jumps, single trail to village paths.
Even the likes of Jaidev Raja and Tushar Tripathi, the only ultra runners from Kolkata were ready to test their mettle in the trails of Kolkata. East Kolkata Wetlands offered the best of nature and runners could enjoy a route away from all the pollution of the city.
We were overwhelmed by the response to the event and we plan to hold a half marathon distance in the trails soon
- ultra marathon runner
I have been taking part in HMs n FMs since 2011. ADHMs, SCMMs, TSKs, IDBIs, RnLs. Also had the opportunity to do Ultras n trail run. What does a runner look for?
First n foremost a route that challenges the limits. Thereafter,
1. A decent user friendly webpage that explains the event , course n registration details elaborately.
2. Post registration, a convenient bib collection venue n arrangements
3. On race day, a proper holding area, warm up, friendly organisers n ever smiling volunteers
4. A decent warm up that prepares the participants and gets the adrenaline going
5. The race itself, timely start, self explaining directions, on route hydration support , safety , medical coverage for any eventuality, volunteers, the challenging route that brings the best out in you.
6. Awesome finish to the run, post race stretching zones, medals , nutrition, snacks and above all an unforgettable experience that makes you yearn for more.
On all the above counts and maybe some more, which I might have overlooked inadvertantly, the 10k trail run organised by Sportiz in the backwaters of Salt Lake scores full points.
To start with, the organisers realizing that this being a first event of its kind limited the number of participants to 100. This ensured that each n every participant was taken care off.
Obviously, the organisers had taken care of every aspect of the event with the objective that every participant should be injury free n enjoy the run.
All in all, an excellent event meticulously organised. Look forward to participating more of Sportiz events in future
- ultra marathon runner
I had the privilege of participating in Kolkata Trails organised by Sportiz. What an incredible experience it was to run in the wet lands of Kolkata which I had not experienced before. The entire event was meticulously planned and executed right from registration to the Run. All participants enjoyed running on the challenging trail. Adequate hydration had been organised and the post run refreshments was wholesome. I was lucky to win the race and received a glittering trophy along with other gifts. Like wise other winners too were awarded attractive prizes and all participants got a very thoughtfully designed Finishers Medal. All in all it was a memorable experience and I eagerly await it’s next edition