Although every Marriage is unique, wedding traditions within a culture tend to stay the same; which is exactly why the marriage between Navnath Dige (28) and his now wife Poonam (25), sparked our interest here at Livingit. Quite distinctly, the groom and his bride took their baarat to a new level by incorporating Navnath’s passion into the event, by combining marathon into marriage. An experienced runner, Navnath has not only completed the Standard Chartered Mumbai Full Marathon but has also completed 7 half-marathons.
Eager to share his passion with the woman who will stand by his side for the rest of his life, Navnath and Poonam took a running start into their new life together. The planned route was a 25-kilometer distance from a common spot between their homes all the way to their registrar’s office to officially register their marriage. Not to miss out on the fun of traditions the couple paired their running shoes and sweatpants with red turbans.
Flanked by almost 500 baaratis which included members from the running community, friends, and family, Navnath and Poonam set out on the 25 kms run on the 3rd of Feb, earlier this month. Possibly attracting more attention from onlookers as a traditional baarat would’ve been, as the couple and their procession passed through the villages on their way, they were welcomed with flowers and cheers. After running 25 km in 3 and half hours, the couple exchanged medals instead of garlands, and all the baaratis were given a Finishing Certificate. Now, this is what we call a Living it moment!
The wedding invite was innovative too as it introduced Navnath and Poonam as “runners” and was titled “Ek Dhavtya Lagnachi Goshta” which means “The story of a running wedding.”
In an interview by DNA India, Navnath shares that: “The unique wedding was a message to create awareness about health and fitness.” Being passionate about health and fitness is what brought him to running. When Navnath proposed the idea of not splurging on a grand wedding to not only Poonam but also her family, she (not a runner herself) was immensely supportive; and with six weeks to go for the big day she started to train daily to be able to run by her husband’s side.
Practicing an interest becomes a hobby, but when the love for that hobby grows to the point that it becomes a part of your lifestyle – a priority, then it becomes a passion. With friends, family and his newlywed wife by his side, Navnath brought his passion into the spotlight inspiring others to do the same by combining marathon into marriage. Running 25 km in 3 and half hours at a pace that everyone could keep up with, the couple got married. “I am happy that Poonam supported my idea and participated. Awareness have to begin with self and this is what we did. We are now starting our new life together on a new energetic high,” Navnath said.
Another, now avid marathoner, found the beginning of her new life through running: From an End to a New Beginning: Run with Roshni Rai .