October sees a flurry of races in several parts of the world as many countries try and make most of the period before winter when it can get too cold to run. In India and other tropical countries, it heralds the end of the monsoons and the onset of cooler weather, two great reasons to get running with other enthusiasts. Here are some exciting events lined up at home and on foreign shores for this month.
Salomon Bhatti Lakes Ultra
The stunning mine lakes of Bhatti near Faridabad form the setting for this extremely challenging ultra circuit race that features some truly tough terrain to conquer. A qualifier for Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc, this Salomon race has the historic Tuglakabad fort as its backdrop and is famed as one of the first real ultras in the country. Categories include 220K, 160K and 100K runs on changing terrains with added heat and humidity to boost.
Organized by Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, Hyderabad Triathlon is among India’s biggest Triathlon events. In its 6th edition now, the triathlon includes several categories such as the ¾ Iron (Swim 2.9 km / Cycle 135 km / Run 31 km), ½ Iron (Swim 1.9 km / Cycle 90 km / Run 21.1 km) and Olympic Level (Swim 1.5 km / Cycle 40 km / Run 10 km). Races are also held at novice and sprint levels to cater to different endurance levels, and there’s also the option of participating in the duathlon for those who don’t swim.
A road running race designed for a city that loves running, the Bengaluru annual marathon winds through the city’s most popular thoroughfares, starting from the Kantaveera Stadium and coursing through Ulsoor Road, 100 feet road, Indiranagar, Hosur Road and neighboring areas. Categories include the marathon, half marathon and a 5K charity run that aims to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
Mussoorie Half Marathon
In its fourth year now, the Mussoorie Half Marathon courses through eastern Mussoorie towards Dhanaulti along Tehri Road. The route offers beautiful views of the foothills and mountain ranges and passes some important colonial landmarks such as the Everest House, once home of the Surveyor General of India, Sir George Everest, after whom the highest peak in the world is named. Categories include the 5K, 10K and half marathon races, with cut off times for all events.
First held in 1991, this Himalayan race is one of the most spectacular in the world, offering views of four of the world’s highest peaks along the course, including Mt Everest. Designed to promote running among all age groups and abilities, the race has no age limit and cut off times. The 100 mile course, held over 5 days, passes through pine forests, small settlements and villages and across major rivers.
Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon
A unique race designed on a combination of track and road, the Great Barrier Island Marathon features several categories including a duathlon for mountain bikers. Starting from the scenic Port FitzRoy wharf and ending at Tryphena, the course winds through pristine native bush and forests, while the higher stretches provide beautiful views of sandy beaches and stunning harbors.
That Chicago is a runner’s city is evident in the turnout of participants and spectators alike in this massive and highly prestigious annual event—which sees support crowds running into a million and has an astonishing number of elite runners at the starting line. Crossing through more than 25 neighborhoods in the city, the race course runs through its historic sections including Wrigley Park, Lake Michigan and Chinatown, and is followed by a massive after party at the vibrant Grant Park.
Niagara Falls International Marathon
An annual event, the Niagara Falls Marathon is a race from Buffalo, New York, USA to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It was first held in 1974 when it was known as the Skylon International Marathon and is one of the few such races in the world that starts and finished in two different nations. Events include the marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K runs as well as a school marathon challenge. As one can expect, the course is extremely scenic, with large parts of the route winding alongside the Niagara River.