Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Elusive NYC Marathon Entry

Elusive NYC Marathon Entry

While Boston is the Mecca (or the Kasi or the Jerusalem) of marathons, New York City marathon is perhaps the most iconic and coveted in the world.  Both are part of world marathon majors and very popular amongst marathoners.

Boston is tough to get in.  There are stringent qualifying criteria tied to age / time.   One must have run a qualifying race within the age / time limit to even  qualify to enter the lottery.  I didn't even have an outside chance of qualifying for Boston and the charity route in 2012 to run that oldest modern marathon.

But New York marathon is entry is proving to be tougher even though there is no such qualifying criteria.  Also, NYC takes in more runners than Boston, about 17,000 more.  While the cap at Boston is around 33,000, NYC takes in about 50,000.  Still, I have not been able to crack the NYC lottery for three years in a row.

I was looking forward to running NYC marathon this year as it would knock off one more marathon from my bucket list and give the satisfaction of having run all of the world marathon majors.  But, the 'reject' mail landed quietly in my inbox around 8:20 AM this morning, deflating me a little bit.

Till last year, NYC used to give automatic entry if one has been rejected 3 years in a row.  But, that option is no longer available.  So, there is no guarantee that I will get in next year and moreover, I don't want to wait till 2016 to tick off NYC.

Now its time to try other options..

Photo courtesy - Bloomberg.com
There are still a few options left and I will be pursuing them..

  1. Sponsor route - Work with the sponsors to see if they will give me one of the slots reserved for them.
  2. Travel Agencies - Get a guaranteed entry by working with one of the official travel agencies.  Some of my friends took this route to Chicago last year.  Though there is a slight premium for this service, it works well.
  3. Charity route - Raise funds for a worthy cause and get a confirmed slot.
I will be working all these options and hopeful of one of them clicking.  Still, so looking forward to running in the big apple..



Tuesday, March 03, 2015

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் - கிருஷ்ணமுர்த்தி

சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் #8 - கிருஷ்ணமுர்த்தி 



இடம் - மெரினா கடற்கரை  / தொழில் - காவலர்

"இருபத்துஅஞ்சு வருஷமா குதிர போலீசா இருக்கேன்" 

Tags - #HumansOfChennai, #Chennai

Sunday, March 01, 2015

தமிழ் நாட்டின் மனிதர்கள் - பிச்சுமணி

தமிழ் நாட்டின் மனிதர்கள் #7 - பிச்சுமணி (77)



இடம் - தேதியூர் / தொழில் - ஓய்வு பெற்ற தலைமை ஆசிரியர்

"ஜென்ம நக்ஷத்திரத்தில் காரில் போகவேண்டாம்" 

Tags - #HumansOfChennai, Tamil Nadu

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chennai Runners 8th Anniversary

Chennai Runners 8th Anniversary Celebrations - March 2, 2015

We moved from IITM to Nandambakkam trail discovered by the CR Pillar Pacers for our 8th anniversary.  That was good as it gave us an opportunity to discover new running route possibilities in Chennai.
We had good crowd of close to 900 folks who trekked from various parts of Chennai to join us in the celebrations.

Milind Soman joined us to promote pinkathon, women only run.  Here, he is browsing through the Rundown magazine released on that occasion.  This magazine is an important contribution to the running community by Chennai Runners.  Thanks to a bunch of dedicated volunteers, Rundown has shaped up well over the years.  Everyone present got a free copy the magazine and a softcopy was made available online as well.
Pinkathon folks gave away a few wigs (pink color.. obviously) to promote the run.  Who else, but KP the best ambassador of that.

Chennai Runners Pillar Pacers took the responsibility for organizing the event.  They made sure all aspects the event was taken care with meticulous planning and preparation.  They also released their own chapter TShirts during the occasion, in bright colors.

CR Pillar Pacers also organized a tree planting as part of the event.  Wonder the status of those saplings now.. after a year. :-)

Of course, the celebration is not complete without the customary cake..


Now we are all set for Chennai Runners 9th anniversary celebrations tomorrow.  Please do come and be an evangelist spreading the running mantra.. Remember, you can always Do More... Be there or be square..:-)


More Photos of the Chennai Runners 8th Anniversary Celebrations here..