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    Ahead of the neon marathon, our pick of running essentials to help you stay ahead of the pack

    We’ve got all the bases covered for those gearing up for the Mirchi Neon Run (see listing) later this month. Though it’s a night run, we say ditch your drab sports gear and opt for pieces that will see you sweating it out in style—be it Lucas Hugh leggings or chic shoes from Nike.

    Sound bites
    Your ideal run partner, the W Series Sports Walkman  features lightweight, snug-fitting, wireless in-ear buds. If you press the play button for two seconds, it’ll scan the database (ZAPPIN) to play songs to match the intensity of your run. Rs 6,490. Details: sony.co.in

    Burn bright
    Nothing like a flaming orange pair of running shoes to keep
    you in the game during the long stretches. The pair from Nike comes with hexagonal flex grooves on the outsole for a fuller range of motion and a stretchy, double yarn make that offers flexibility and extra support. Rs 12,995. Details: 42140774

    Stretch it
    High on functionality as well as light-hearted appeal, the second-skin format of these leadlight printed stretch leggings from Lucas Hugh will make sure the fabric moves with you. We also love the neat front pockets for your phone and the back compartment for a credit card or emergency money. Rs 35,000 on netaporter.com

    Full tank
    This Kalenji hydration belt comes with a slim zipped pocket for light essentials, and two tilted bottle holders for easy access. Sitting just above or on the hips, it does not hamper with movement and the tilt ensures minimal stall. Rs 899. Details: stores.decathlon.in

    —Aakanksha Devi & Rashmi Rajagopal

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