The new year is almost here and with it comes the new running season. Well we say new, but in India the running season doesn’t seem to stop, as a packed December has showed us – from the Goa River Marathon to the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K. But what does January hold for runners? Plenty of reasons to tie on those racing shoes and compete in India’s biggest races and marathons this new year.

Powai Run
One of the most popular local runs in Mumbai, the Powai Run returns to Hiranandani and Powai Lake this January. The event will be held on January 3, 2015, the first Sunday of the year. There are three race categories here: a half Marathon for serious runners, a 10K for enthusiasts and a 4km for walk-run. In 2015, the event saw the debut of the Powai Run Carnival with dance, music shows, kids area, a parade, and open air cafes drawing crowds. This year the scale of the Carnival is set to grow with longer working hours, more events, and a lot more people expected to turn up after the running is over.

Vapi Marathon
Also scheduled for January 3, the Vapi Marathon is organised by Rotary Vapi Riverside, which works with underprivileged children and helps spread awareness about girl child education. The marathon will start at 6 am from ROFEL GRIMS College Ground, GIDC in Vapi. The two race categories are a 6K and a 12K. The last date for registration is December 25, 2015 and the entry fees are Rs 200 per participant for both races.

Vapi Marathon
Vapi Marathon

Mumbai Marathon
The SCMM is India’s biggest marathon with turnouts of well over 40,000 in the last few editions. As such it’s a marquee event in the Indian running calendar and many of our favourite Indian runners have competed in this marathon at one time or the other. The 2016 edition of SCMM will be held on January 17, 2016, kicking off at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in south Mumbai and running through the heart of the city. In addition to the marathon, half marathon and Dream Run, there’s a Senior Citizens’ Run, a Champions with Disability run, and a Corporate Relay Run.

Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon
Tata Steel organised December’s successful Kolkata 25K and next up on the cards is the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon. Besides the Half Marathon, there’s a 10 km run for Corporate & Institutions, as well as a 5K run for School Children (In stds VI–XII). To register head to this link. The Half Marathon winners in male and female categories win Rs 1,00,000, while a 2nd place finish nets the runner Rs 75,000 and the third-place runner gets a reward of Rs 51,000.

Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon
Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon

Go Heritage Run – Hampi
Take a journey from the 1st century to 14th century, through the ruins of the Vijayanagara empire, boulders, fields, banana plantations, rivulets and streams. The Go Heritage Run in Hampi is not just about running, it’s also about seeing the heritage left behind by a once-great kingdom. Discounted registrations till December 25, while the races will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016. This year, there are three categories: 5K, 12K and a half marathon. You can register for the Heritage Run on the official website and this page. The 5K registration is priced at Rs 473, while runners in the 12K and 21K half marathon will have to pay Rs 784.

Main image: Procam / Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

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