Run. For BITS.
The gentle caress of the cold morning air tries to cool down the steam rising from your body. The dark of pre-dawn is slowly dispelled by a sleepy sun, painting the sky in its ruddy colors. The music pounding in your ears drowns out the screams of your straining muscles as you try to reach the next mile marker, or the next aid station… the mind chanting “one more mile before I stop”.
As you wonder what made you get out of your cozy blanket and decide to punish your body in such a way, and you start to slow down, you feel a gentle pat on the back, and see a broadly smiling soul who gives you a thumbs up as he/she breezes past, or perhaps says “Doing great, buddy!” “C’mon!” ”Almost there man, don’t stop NOW!” Then another, and another. And you soon find yourself in their ranks, running for the ecstasy of it.
Welcome to a new addiction, welcome.. to the Runners’ High.The high that makes sighting the finish line a bitter-sweet experience - on one hand you are content and spent, but on the other hand you want to go on and on, and then some.
As you regain your pace and run, you see someone a few minutes down the line, struggling as you were, and you know it’s your turn. Your smile, your two seconds of attention energizes him/her, and pushes them to conquer themselves.
Because this is what running is all about. Not just about yourself, but about the community as a whole. It's about conquering your body and your mind, inspiring others, and using it as an excuse - to make friends, to have fun, and to contribute to the greater good.
As with everything, the greatest joy is in giving, in feeling that you are part of a bigger whole. The whole experience gains greater meaning when you know you are running for a cause, rather than just a Personal Best to post on social media. Runners around the world use their endurance feats to do just that, by raising funds or awareness for a cause that's dear to them.
We are therefore dedicating this year’s run to Prof. I J Nagrath.
This year, the BITSian community has been deeply saddened by the demise of Prof. I J Nagrath. Prof. Nagrath was a great mentor and role model for several generations of BITSians and BITSAA would like to pay a tribute to him on behalf of the entire BITS community. In order to remember him and honor his legacy, BITSAA has decided to institute an award, "Prof. I J Nagrath Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award". The award will be a way to recognize BITS faculty for their contributions to BITS, especially in mentoring and guiding the students. BITSAA will award one faculty per campus every year.
If you would like to contribute towards this award, do click on the link below, which details the procedure to donate:
If you have not yet registered for the run, click the below link to register: