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Saturday, November 20, 2010   (2 Comments)
Posted by: BITSAA Newsletter
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“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”

BITS2Marathon is an initiative by fellow BITSians with an incredible passion for running and the group aims to help budding runners achieve their dream of running a Marathon. BITS2Marathon and BITSAA organize a yearly world-wide running event for BITSians: "BITS World 5k Run". The idea is that BITSians all over the world participate and compete virtually, running their own race. The Run took place on the 26th of September this year in the major cities of India – Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai and of course Pilani. The response to the 5k run was outstanding with almost 200 participants overall. Bangalore and Chennai had the most participation among all cities with 35 BITSians that included alumni across all generations. Hyderabad also saw a good turnout with around 25 participants. Although the number of people who took part in the run in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi was slightly lower than the other cities, the interest generated is worth noting. Pilani, the homeground of BITSians saw a whopping 80+ participants including students and faculty.

The BITSAA Global Meet (BGM) team has collaborated with the BITS2Marathon group this year supporting the 5k Run by sending BGM representatives who volunteered to help organize it. The event helped as a wonderful run-up to the Global Meet as the BGM team had the perfect opportunity to generate excitement about the Meet among fellow BITSians. The enthusiasm shown by the alumni was almost palpable.

Some of the prominent BITS alumni also participated in the run joining in the spirit of the day. Mr. CS Goel, Mr. Vinod Puri, Mr. Aman Jain, Mr. Sudeep Jain, Mr. Sanjay Khendri and many others showcased their support by helping promote the BITSAA Global Meet.

With over 200 participants in India itself, the second edition of the BITS 5k Run has definitely made its mark!


Sumant Kumar says...
Posted Sunday, January 09, 2011
The preceding comments (also by me) were made before the BITSAAGM 2011 had taken place. During the BITSAAGM I had the opportunity to see not only the amazing organisational skills and planning that went into the successful hosting of such a great event within a short time-span of 8 months, but also the self-effacing manner in which the 3 BITSians in the photo (Mr. C.S. Goel, Mr. Vinod Puri, and the 3rd person whose name I am forgetting) carried out their duties without once trying to get under the spotlight. I regret my intemperate remarks made earlier, and salute the tremendous entrepreneurial and organisational spirit shown by the above 3 BITSians, as well as the other BITSAA team members. I feel touched that despite the heavy responsibility on their shoulders, they took time to come to Indian Gate at an early hour on Sunday, 26th September, and meet the runners.
Sumant Kumar says...
Posted Sunday, December 26, 2010
A photo related to a running event should be about runners, not about office bearers. The above photo does not show the key person who coordinated (and himself ran, despite a hairline fracture in his foot) the New Delhi event. No one featured in the photo actually ran (or even walked ) any part of the distance. These respected seniors (and 1 junior) showed up to promote the BGM-2011 (a laudable objective), and then left the venue when the run actually started (not so laudable). Obviously they stayed back long enough to have a photo taken for publicity purposes, but by then the real BITS2Marathoners had already left for the run ...

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