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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Tanvir Kazmi

As for why I do this, I guess it has to be the atmosphere at the Trail-a-thon beyond everything else. To get an opportunity to meet up with old time running friends which does not happen often. The trail is itself so wonderful and fun to run. The deadly climb near the u-turn never fails to inspire. And on occasions, I have been unable to walk on that climb without resting! And finally, its the great event organization which keeps pulling back all the participants year after year, since we all take away nice memories from the event.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Tarun Walecha

Year 2014 was a turnaround in running calendar of Delhi NCR. We were about to witness the first of its kind trail run and I was about to run the longest distance of my running history. I chose to run 28Km, which was one entire loop of the trail. Every turn and every obstacle on the course was new as I was running there for the first time. The DEATH HILL which feels wonderful rolling down just before the 14k mark and seems the deadliest when you come back to climb. It’s been four years since and I’ve participated in all the editions of Trail-a-thon for the same distance 28Km. With runners converging from the entire NCR and the comradery we share is unmatchable, no wonder it has become an annual ritual for me. Though the course remains same, fun each time is still new. Needless to say it’s one of the best organized event where we have surprises everytime. This will be my 5th and I’m already excited about February 04’ 2018.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Anjali Nayar

I so look forward to run the Intelenet Trail-A-Thon in Mangar. I am happy and proud to have run all 4 editions since its inception in 2014 and graduating from 7 to 28 kms in 2017! There is everything addictive about this event-from the breathtakingly scenic yet challenging hilly terrain that puts your running prowess through a grueling test, offers you a mental break from focusing on race times, running relaxed by feel, breathe easy in a traffic free zone in the best weather of the year! The effusive warmth of the organisers, the music, the camaraderie of runners, the hot chai and paranthas that await you at the finish are additional fringe benefits unique to this run! I’ll run it year after year kyunki-yeh dil mange(r) more!!

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Naresh Pathak - The King

I am seasoned IT Leader with 22 Years of vast experience working as CIO with MNCs and Indian organization in Manufacturing and service industries. Currently working with a European MNC named ANDRITZ HYDRO as Regional CIO- South East Asia region.

Although I have been running freak since my childhood where I started running with my Uncle Mr. Umesh Pathak at the age of 12 years, who is now work for M.P. Police. My running continues & I never allow others to win 1500 meters or above races in my college time.

Participating in Trail-A-Thon is different experience all together, I remember in the 1st edition it was great excitement for me when Umesh Gupta told me about the as it was my 1st trail run & since then I always wait for event. During past four years I have introduced many of my CIO friends in Delhi NCR and my spouse also doing 14K since two years.

I am proud to be participated in all 4 edition of Trail-A-Thon since 2014 & thanks to Coach Ravinder and team for making it better & better every year.

Running is my hobby and hence participating in Trail-A-Thon is an experience, especially the weather, the course and for the people who want to experience medium trail running, it is a wonderful opportunity. Every time I have new experience.

In order to improve, participant has to have an experience in the form of memories. It would be good to print participants name on the T-Shirts and have some memorable rewards for the winners.

As it is a wonderful trail, we can provide collage of participant’s photo as there could be beautiful photos in the nature on chargeable basis (if additional efforts involve). Take less photo but have all quality photographs.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Sanjeev Arora

I am a 52 year old veteran runner, an avid trekker and love to drive in the mountains. I started running 15 years back. Since then I have run 10 editions of ADHM, all the four editions of Trail-A-Thon and in all 27 Half Marathons.

"I Live to run, Run to live"

I love Trail-A-Thon because it's the best trail run in India.
It is close to nature & to my heart. It gives feel of adventure and fun which is unbeatable & absorbing, as compared to the boring road runs"

Also, Trail-A-Thonis one of the best managed Trail Runs in India.

I have worn the 1st edition Trail-A-Thon T shirt to all the high passes I have trekked, to entrap the spirit of the event in terms of Adventure, Endurance, Fun & Courage.
It's a very courageous decision to manage an event like this in the Aravali jungles. Kudos to the Team ATB.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Shshank Pundir

I proudly say that I was part of the team that searched for the route of Intelenet Trail-A-Thon. So that makes me veteran of the race. I have participated in all the edition of Trail-A-Thon since it’s inception, distance ranging from 12hrs to 28km. The events is one of the best managed and organised event. Tough course to run, amicably handled by the entire team. Never short of surprises.

Each passing year it has become better and today I proudly say that it is one of the most admired runs. From beginners to seasoned ultra runners everyone wait for the launch of the event date. This year will be my 5th year Running Intelenet Trail-A-Thon and I am looking forward for it eagerly.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Ashish Punia

Ever since Trail-a-thon was introduced in 2014, which was the reason I got to know this place - I have come to run at this trail time and again. There is something majestic about running there and it challenges the spirits of adrenaline junkies. For me, it has been solo training runs (before Mumbai Marathon), informal group runs, all four editions of trail-a-thon and a whole lot of other events here. In fact, it’s now my favourite place to run in and around NCR. And Trail-a-thon stands out among all other events as it comes with the magic of flawless organisation. So, I am not sparing a chance again and will be running 28k category in the 5th edition of Trail-a-thon on 4th Feb’18. See you all there.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Achal Khaneja

I keep coming back to this run as I love the trail that is used for the run. The fabulous view and the eternal hope that you may sight a neelghai or a peacock any moment keeps you energised. Arrangements regarding hydration and route marking is first class. There is definite thrill in sighting of the damdama lake at 14k mark though lately the falling water levels do take your attention towards needs for conservation.

The cherry on the cake of course is the availability of masseurs & king-fit breakfast buffet spread of fresh-from tandoor paranthas & hot sabzi/dal.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Saurabh Garg

I might convince you to attend trail-a-thon to experience the amazing trail, to enjoy nice weather during that time of the year or to experience the exhilarating downhill and the excruciating uphill part for 28k & further distance runners. In addition, there is free sightseeing of wild animals (no man-eaters thankfully) and birds or at least hear their voices and great feast at the end of the run. Everything people who rave about this trail festival is true but there is ever more to the trail-a-thon than that. Trail running is like a big adventure for me, exploring limitless potential and energy and of course interesting discussions on topics such as science, technology, religion, politics and sports.

I would suggest, you experience this carnival to know some of the most amazing people in the running community. ATB is organized by some of the most generous set of organizers including Coach Ravinder, Jitendra Arya, Umesh Gupta, Vineet Aggarwal. I can assure you they do go an extra mile (most probably score of miles) to make this event better. They are the people whom I look up to, have sought and received advice from over a period of years.

Even the Trail-a-thon running gear is one of the most cherished. Most of my winter runs are in trail-a-thon shorts and jerseys.

Trail-a-thon also has some contribution in creation of RunXtreme as one of our discussions for its formation happened while running this race.

This run was my first and only trail FM and since two years I am running  12 hours run in this event and though I am underqualified and one of the weakest runners in the category, I just like the feeling of being on my two feet for 12 hours.  I am looking forward to participating this year and all the future editions of trail-a-thons till my legs and brain work.

My two favourite stories of Trail-a-thon:

1. We have an inside joke (Dr Bharat, Sunil Uke, Prachi and me, now after roping in Chander pal ji too). “Yeh Trail Khoon maangti hai”. Each one us has been injured on the trail some time or other.(Prachi and I on my First FM on the Trail, Prachi on 28K, Dr Bharat twisted his ankle (Twice) and last year Sunil uke fell down and injured himself. Chander pal ji had his baptism by fire when a thorn struck him in his leg during the practice run. Each one of us will keep on participating nonetheless. This marks the end of the running season for us.

2. For 12 hours run we wake up at 1:30 am. Get Ready and reach Dr Bharat’s place by 2:45 am, then we drive together for Mangar village. The race starts at 5:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. After celebrations and feasting traffic returning back is much worse and we reach home around 8:00 pm. Therefore, it is around 18 and half hours of the day without much sleep and lunch. We have our proper breakfast at 14 km point on Damdama lake but don’t like to have anything for lunch until the race is finished.

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Trail-A-Thon Icon - Ashish Kochhar

Reason for my continued participation -

1. Friends.
2. Favorite run in Delhi.
3. Post run food by Coach.
4. Perfect Weather.

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