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Pinkathon Guwahati 2017: Northeast Prep Up, Its Your Turn to Run!

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Individuals running with the Pink ribbon on the chest are instantly identified as the heroes of Pinkathon- India’s biggest women’s run initiative. After running in major metro cities in India, Pinkathon comes to Northeast once again this year. Making its first NE debut in 2015, Pinkathon Guwahati will once more spread women health awareness in and around the city on October 15, 2017.

Pinkathon Guwahati
Guwahati, Let's do the Pink Run! (source)

Originally conceived to encourage and motivate women in India, and around the world, Pinkathon, now, is more than just a marathon event for women. It is a movement for the women, by the women, and of the women. It is a memo that reminds all the women of the society that being diagnosed with serious conditions like breast cancer, and bone ailment is nothing to be shameful about. Rather it is to be flagged up and get appropriate medical attention.

Learn about the types of Marathon runners before you encounter one.

Beejal Dhawan, a former Pinkathon runner, is a remarkable woman who has had two slip disc incidents, bore two babies from c-sec, and is suffering from hypothyroidism. Her Pinkathon story began in the year 2011 when she had taken up running to get into shape and lose a few kilos from her 81 kilos of weight! Her conscious running soon turned into a passion that finally encouraged her to run the Pinakthon 2012. Dhawan says, “…I saw so many girls & ladies giving importance to SELF. It was the sheer joy of being a woman that was seen in everyone’s eyes there.They were focused towards fitness. They wanted to be fit and enjoy life to the fullest. PINKATHON served as a stepping stone to many for starting their fitness journey. Meeting Milind became my secondary focus. My determination got stronger.”

We are proud of such women who understands that to keep her family fit, she needs to be fitter. That may have sounded selfish but any reason to make Indian women take note of their health is a good reason, won't you agree?

Women running marathon in sarees
Pinkathon Allows Women to Run in Anything, Even in Sarees! (source)

That being said, let’s find out more about the Pinakthon event, shall we?

Read on:

  • History of Pinkathon
  • Information on the Races: Registration Fee & Eligibility
  • About Pinkathon Guwahati Races & Routes
  • Basic FAQs
  • Pinkathon Guwahati Prizes
  • Tips to Train for Pinkathon Guwahati

History of Pinkathon

History of Pinkathon
Founder Milind Soman with Participants (source)

With the onset of the running evolution in India, a handsome popular face named Mr. Milind Soman decided to bring the second sex of the society forward and empower it by stirring health awareness in them. And what better way to do so than the medium of sports!

An initiative of the United Sisters Foundation and organized by Maximus Mice and Media Solutions Pvt Ltd Pinkathon ran its virginal race in Mumbai in December 2012. An impressive gathering of 2000 people ran the first race and since then the popularity of Pinkathon has only shot for the stars.

In the following years, major cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune, and Mumbai have all been humble host to the women’s marathon event. Averaging between 5000 and 10000 participants, Pinkathon achieved a milestone of participants in Chennai and Ahmedabad- a registered record of 14000 participants! Looks like Pinkathon really gave a breakthrough opportunity to women in these patriarchal cities.

Women, especially in the Indian populace, overlook their health and any existing condition. Innately, being a male-preferred society, the well-being of women and their lifestyle have always suffered negligence.

Information on the Races: Registration Fee, Eligibility, Types & Route

Info about Pinkathon
Run the Pinkathon, Show them that YOU CAN! (source)

Colors Pinkathon Guwahati is happening on Sunday, 15th October 2017. The venue chosen for the Pink Race is Sonaram High School, Guwahati. The registration window for the event had opened in August 2017 and the last day to enroll names was 6th October 2017. The registration fee is INR 600/- for all participants. If you want to purchase a participant T-shirt, then get one at an additional cost of Rs. 100/-

All participants shall collect their bibs for the race on Saturday, 14th October 2017 from the Pink Carnival event to be held at Roodraksh Mall, Near Bhangagarh Flyover, Next to Big Bazaar, Guwahati. You can collect your bib anytime between 11 am and 7 pm. It is mandatory that a runner collects her running number personally from the Pink Carnival. In case special circumstances, a participator may send a representative to collect running number on her behalf.

To pick up the bib, you’ll need to-

  • Carry a printed copy of the web confirmation.
  • Or, show a soft copy of the web confirmation saved on your smartphone.

The assembly time on the main day of the race is 05:30 am at the Sonaram High School, Guwahati. The flag off timing for all the races will be announced at the venue, so try to reach as early as possible.

The Pinkathon run does not have an upper age eligibility. However, the event doesn’t allow girls under 13 years to participant allow and strongly insists that their mother or a guardian must register and accompany them.

Keep reading to find out Pinkathon, Guwahati details- race types and related information.

About Pinkathon Guwahati Races & Routes

Pinkathon Guwahati organizes multi-distance runs such as 3 km, 5km, and 10 km, races this year. To prepare all the participants for the big race day, Pinkathon had scheduled three training sessions at the Khanapara field to prepare the women for the upcoming races. The training sessions were held to build the physical and mental stamina and to know what to expect on the main race day.

The 3 km Race Route

This mini-race commences from Sonaram High School ground and takes a U-turn along the Kalipur Road to end at the same venue.

Pinkathon Guwahati 3km race route
Pinkathon Guwahati 3 Km Race Route (source)

The 5 km Race Route

It starts from the Sonaram High School ground and takes a U-turn near Snajeevan Hospital.

Pinkathon Guwahati 5 Km Race Route
Pinkathon Guwahati 5 Km Race Route (source)

The 10 Km Race Route

The track route runs till the Adabari bus stop and takes a U-turn from there, runs by the Kamakhya colony to end at Sonaram High School Ground.

Pinkathon Guwahati 10 Km race route
Pinkathon Guwahati 10 Km Race Route (source)

Basic FAQs

Here are some common FAQs about Pinkathon Guwahati. Find what you want to know here!

  1. What is the last date to submit entries for each race categories?
    Friday, 6th October 2017, or when all the running places are filled- whichever is earlier.
  2. What are the run categories for Colors Pinkathon Guwahati, 2017?
    The race categories are V Wash Plus 3k, 5K, & 10K.
  3. What is the entry fee for each run category?
    Registration fees for all run categories – INR 600/-
  4. Can I register on race day of the event?
    No. Requests for registration will not be entertained post closure of registration dates.
  5. What is the minimum age eligibility for each race category?
    This event does not have an upper age, but girls under 13 are not suggested to participate alone. Their mothers have to accompany them in the same category run.
  6. What are the various modes of entry fee payment?
    Local cheques, Demand Draft (payable at Guwahati), Cash, Credit Card, Net Banking, ITZ Cash and Debit Cards.
  7. In whose name should the entry fee cheque or demand draft be made?
    All cheques/demand draft to be drawn in favour of “United Sisters Foundation”
  8. Can I register for more than one race?
    No. An applicant can apply only for one race in the Event.
  9. Can I run with somebody else’s running BIB on race day?
    No. All participants must run with their personal running BIBs
  10. Can I change race categories once I have registered?
    For change in race category, you can email at [email protected]
  11. What, how and from where do I collect my running number BIB?
    Collect your bibs from the Pink Carnival in Guwahati scheduled on 14th October 2017 between 11 am to 7 pm at 'Roodraksh Mall, Near Bhangagarh Flyover, Next to Big Bazaar, Guwahati' in order to collect their running number bibs.
  12. Why is it that I have not received my confirmation email despite registering and making payment?
    There could be several reasons:
  • The email might have been blocked by your email server or treated as spam.
  • The email might have gone directly to your junk mail.
  • Please check your junk mail in this case.
  • Error in email id given at the time of registration. You could contact Registration team at [email protected] with the following details: Full Name Run Category Transaction details.

Pinkathon Guwahati Prizes

All registered participants will receive

  • Finisher Medal
  • Participation E-certificate
  • Online timing certificate (If opted for a bib tag)
  • A goodie bag
  • A free medical checkup from our Healthcare Partner, Apollo Hospitals (All participants above 45 years of age can avail the same for a free mammogram and those below 45 years of age will get a free gynecologist consultation.)

Tips to Train for Pinkathon Guwahati

Tips to train for Pinkathon
Keep Yourself Well-hydrated during the Marathon (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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

The Pinakthon Journey…

Pinkathon Guwahati
Let's Run Unitedly (source)

Founder Milind Soman speaks of the initiative as "The Pinkathon is more than a Marathon. It is the seed of change. It is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women. The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the value you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift of society, it is a gift you give yourself."

Now 25 kgs lighter, Beejal Dhawan further adds, “Running changed my life…. Whatever I am today… Whatever I ‘ll be tomorrow… Running has an immense impact on all….

…I feel liberated….”

Don’t you also want to feel as liberated as Beejal Dhawan? Don’t you want to be more than just a female member of the society, a family? It’s time to care for your personal health…time to empower your status…It’s time to do the Pinkathon Guwahati!

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