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Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2017: Are You ready to Run?

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Block your date for the 16th December 2017 because Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is on its way! After witnessing many successful editions, Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is pulling up its socks again! Apart from the usual race categories, the marathon event also hosts a pet-a-thon race which allows participants to partake with their pets- is it amazing?

If the unique USP of the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon gets you looking forward to it then stay with us for more details!

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About Bengaluru Midnight Marathon (BMM)

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2017
Bengaluru Midnight Marathon (BMM) 2017 (source)

The Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is a coveted marathon event run by the Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC). Started in the year 2007, it is regarded as the India’s first midnight marathon and encourages runners to run for a noble cause.

Every year, BMM organizes the midnight marathon around a specific social theme. The previous marathons themes included ‘Run for a Child’ (2011) and ‘It’s fashionable to be Green’ (2009 & 2010), which raised hundreds of thousands of rupees for the city. This year its 'Run for Bengaluru'.

The Bengaluru Midnight Marathon illustrates the vision, vigour, and vibrancy of the beloved and inspiring Bengaluru city. At its heart, the initiative’s objective was to create a fund-raising platform for health, education, social welfare and rural enlistment projects.

In its successive years, the marathon has remained true to its simple purpose. Since inception, Bengaluru Midnight Marathon has raised money- generating funds that have provided free spinal and eye surgeries for the needy, scholarships for deserving youth, vocational training sponsorships, mid-day meals in schools, and many others.

The venue for the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is KTPO, Whitefield.

Information About Races: Types, Registration, Eligibility & Route Map

BMM race information
BMM 2017 Race Infomation (source)

There four main race categories in the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon- Full marathon (42.2 Km), the Half Marathon (21.1 Km), a 10K run and the IT City Fun Run (5K). There two additional race types too; Corporate Relay Race and Community Relay

The BMM registrations are open now. The registration fee for the races (with timing chips) are:

BMM registration fee
BMM Registration Fee Chart

The registration fees for these races without timing chip is INR 500.

The race timings are:

  • Full Marathon: 12 midnight (16th /17th December 2017)
  • Half Marathon: 12:15 am (17th December 2017)
  • 10K run: 10:00 PM (16th December 2017)
  • 5K IT city fun run: 07:30 PM (16th December 2017)
  • Airbus Corporate Relay: 09:45 pm (16th December)
  • Community Relay: 06:00 pm (16th December)

The minimum eligibility age for the races are:

  • Full Marathon: 18 years
  • Half Marathon: 18 years
  • 10K Runs: 14 years
  • IT City Fun Run: 12 years
  • Corporate Relay Race: 18 years
  • Community Relay: 8 years

The bibs and other race-related gears will be distributed at the Expo from 13th to 15th December 2017, from 10am to 9pm. SMOOR Chocolate Lounge, 1131, 100 Ft. Road, HAL 2nd. stage, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon Route Map

BMM 2017 race route
BMM 2017 Race Route (source)

The Bengaluru Midnight Marathon is more than just an athletic event. It is a wonderful pretext of having a glimpse into the cultural diversity of Karnataka state.

In previous years, race day functions have included cultural performances of traditional Indian art forms, dancers, percussion artists as well as more western rock shows, giving a unique blend of a modern and ethnic flavour to the activities. The pet-a-thon allows attendants to participate with their pets, giving a fun twist to the day’s events.

All locations across the course will be manned by police personnel, private security services and hundreds of volunteers. Since, runners will start from sun-down time, good lighting arrangements have been made to light up the course. In case of a power failure, generators have been set up.

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon Prizes

All participants of the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K Run with timing chip can download their certificate from the website. No Certificates will be given to participants of these races without timing chip. Participation Certificates for the IT City Fun Run, Corporate Relays, and Community Relay will be distributed at the venue on completion of the event.

BMM prizes
BMM 2017 Prizes

Basic FAQs

  1. When is Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2017, start times and location?
    The Race Day is on 16th of December 2017. All races will start from KTPO, Whitefield.
  2. How do I register for the BMM 2017?
    Register online at www.midnightmarathon.in or at the registration point at designated registration locations as mentioned in the website.
  3. When do registrations close?
    Registration closes for Open 10k, Full & Half Marathon closes on 11th December 2017 at midnight. For 5K IT City Run: Online registrations will close on 15th December 2017, midnight.
  4. Can I register on the spot?
    On-the-spot registrations will continue at KTPO, Whitefield on 15th & 16th December up to 12 noon only.
  5. Where do we report on the day of races?
    Location for reporting is KTPO, Whitefield. You are required to report 60 minutes before the race starts.
  6. Will I get a certificate?
    Yes.
  7. Where is the baggage hold?
    The baggage hold will be near the start point of all the races at the holding area.
  8. Where can I park?
    Adequate parking space is available at KTPO.
  9. Will medical facilities be available at the venue in case of an emergency?
    Yes, medical facilities will be available at the venue and along the race route.
  10. Is there a time limit for the Full & Half Marathon?
    All Marathon and Half Marathon participants get 6 hours to complete.
  11. Who can participate in the Corporate Relay?
    8 people from any corporate/company or an NGO can register for the Corporate Relay.
  12. How many teams can participate from each organization in the Corporate Relay?
    A maximum of 4 teams only.

How to Train for Bengaluru Midnight Marathon

BMM training
Do a Practice Run Before Heading Out for the BMM (source)

Marathon running isn't your every day brisk running. It demands a certain degree of training and a specially crafted diet plan. Here’s a quick training card for marathon beginners.

Pick the Right Shoes

Your decision of selecting the right running shoe is based on many factors such as the terrain, distance, runners’ weight, feet type and much more. Cushioning and flexibility are the two key features you should consider while picking up a running shoe. Long distance runners should opt for extra cushioning; it will boost your run and help to go the extra mile. Proper cushioning not only offers a comfortable run but also reduces impact on your feet while hitting the surface and ensures energy return.

Your Running Garments

Choose garments in moisture wicking and perforated fabric to ensure faster sweat dry while keeping you 2 degrees cooler than the natural environment. Good ventilation and air flow mapping in the right zones are required for effective heat loss and increased air flow. Contemporary running attire goes beyond just a tee-shirt and pair of shorts. You can wear compression sports garments to increase agility and optimize your performance.

Pre-Training

Yes, before you even begin your marathon training, you should be able to run for at least 30 minutes without break. How much you can run is not important right now. Get your body used to the strenuous activity of running. Do a combination workout of run and walks during pre-training. This will ease your body into the exercise and minimizes the chance of a running injury.

Marathon tips- do's and don't in a long distance race.

Treadmill Running

You need to build your stamina before jumping into a marathon event. Learn to keep a track of the distance and time. And to do that start training on the treadmill. After you have owned the treadmill, take it to the next level- burn some sole on the track and under different weather conditions like sunny, humid, and rain.

Main Training

Increase your run mileage gradually each week. But taper off in the final weeks leading up to Race Day so that your body gets enough time to recover from training and you appear at the event stronger and fresher. Change Your Running Routine: Sprinting builds more muscle. Add a few 10- to 60-second sprints to your run, slowing down just long enough to catch your breath between them.

Learn how to train for marathons.

Hydration

If running for an hour or more, carry water/fluids with you. Make sure to drink 6-8 oz. every 20 minutes. During your pre-training and marathon training, weigh yourself before and after each run. Rehydrate to get your body weight back to the weight it was before the run. Do this by drinking water or sports drink for runners within the first hours after the run.

Recovery

Recovery is critical and so, it is important that you take a break from the training. Allow your body to rest between runs so that it can recover from one run to the next, and your body gets stronger between each run. You can pick a cross training workout or an alternative to running to get the same benefits. Eating the right running foods at the right time also play a vital role in recovery. And don't forget to do a good session of stretching.

Nutrition

Carbohydrates are important nutrition in a runner’s diet as they provide the required fuel. During marathon training, your total calorie intake should comprise of 65% carbohydrates (particularly, complex carbohydrates), 10% of protein, and 20-25% of unsaturated fats. Proper nutrition keeps you strong and allows for adequate recovery.

Also, check out how to recover post-marathon.

The BMM So Far…

The Bengaluru Midnight Marathon represents a unique spectrum of values which is shared by participants, their families and supporters across India and the world. Your associations with the marathon display not just a heart for social responsibility but also a healthy eagerness for contact and display your talent. Whether you are an experienced runner, or a first-timer, BMM is the perfect opportunity for you to exercise your legs and kick up some adrenaline.

So Vamos!

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