Photographer:Andrea | Indications in the Auroville's forest Photographer:Andrea | A 42Km runner pouring water in his mouth Photographer:Andrea | Looking for customers Photographer:Andrea | Running at claping tempo Photographer:Andrea | All the partecipats were awarded with the same gift. The time it's display for your information Photographer:Andrea | The supporting teams were very appreciated by the thusands of runners Photographer:Andrea | Water, electrolyte or spray?

11th Auroville Marathon

Auroville: As Auroville celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the annual event (Auroville Marathon) held every year on second Sunday of February drew people from several parts of India and around the globe.

The annual event is known to be one of the most popular running event in India. The event covers a Full Marathon (42.195 km or 26.219 mi), a Half Marathon (21.0975 km or 13.1094 mi) and 10K run which courses through the city of Dawn Auroville.

According to a Ramachandra who works for Infosys Bangalore completed a Full Marathon race here, said that the trail here is one of the best in India and this is why I always love to be a part of Auroville Marathon. This has been my third marathon in Auroville and adds that he is hopeful to visit in the near future.

Running her Half Marathon for the fourth time here, Sundhari who hails from Chennai and who is a part of Chennai Trekking Club says “this is one run that I never miss, it’s beautiful, and says that this event is purely for the passion of running.”

Having their perfect start in Auroville and running their first here, Prem, Shaym and Jaykrishnan (Kerala-based) from Hyderabad said that this was a unique trail and said that such much-talked trails motivated them to be a part in todays event and also said that were happy and thankful for the support team and would look forward for the next run.

Apart from the Marathon, a two-day exhibition was also setup with several food courts, organic clothing stalls, crafts and etc… Interacting with Anita, she spoke about the plans for the Auroville celebrations, and volunteers from Colours of Nature shared their experiences and the use of wearing organic clothes. As the days near for the main celebrations, let us all be a part in spreading one-ness and do our best.

Text by: S. Praneeth Simon