Erick Haskell, MD Adidas Group India, picks his top marathons the world over as the country gets running
Overseeing operations for both Adidas and Reebok, Erick Haskell wears his fitness – literally. Dressed in snazzy Adidas gear from top to toe, his mission is to turn people sporty — be it friendly football, street cricket or marathon runs. His recent six year stint in China saw a mega fitness boom and he feels a sense of deja vu in India as well. “There is a wave of people opening themselves up to workouts at the park, a gym, on cycling tracks or community runs,” he says, referring to the rising popularity of half-marathons. “When we did a 10K run a few weeks ago on a Tuesday here, we had 1,200 people show up,” he beams. A keen runner himself, he shares his favourite marathons in India and abroad to inspire you. So slip on those running shoes, and plan to hit these tracks across the country.
Bengaluru Marathon: Leading the brigade in India with the largest runners community, Haskell says it is always a pleasure to be part of the marathon here as the organisers are runners themselves. “When you know what it is like to be a runner, you automatically think from that perspective when you organise it,” he tells us. The ‘world-class full and half marathon’ is set to take place on October 19 and will take runners through important landmarks of the city.
Delhi Half Marathon: Both an elite and mass runners event, the 21.097 km race will be ideal to start you off. Largely across flat surfaces, the race is expected to have fitness fanatic and actor, Bipasha Basu lead the women who have registered for it. Plus, the great weather during the cool November days is a highlight according to Haskell.
Chennai Marathon: “It circuits the coastline and weaves through old and modern Chennai, so this run is a great option. Especially since the weather will be mild at the time and humidity lower than usual,” shares Haskell, adding that the flat route is great for speed too. The Wipro Chennai Marathon 2014 hosts three race categories – full marathon, half-marathon and the popular 10K race. Scheduled for December 7.
Mumbai Marathon: Kicking off the 2015 running season, Mumbai’s popular race is scheduled for January 18. With over seven categories to choose from, including the marathon, relays and ones for kids and senior citizens, this race is an iconic one says Haskell. John Abraham, the event ambassador, leads the parade which is known to bring out the who’s who of India’s Tinsel Town.