The city’s first Dusk2Dawn marathon gives a new spin to running for a cause
Turning the city’s traditional marathon culture on its head is its newest entrant, the Dusk2Dawn Chennai Night Marathon. Conceptualised by immigration consultant-and-runner Neville Bilimoria, the marathon is an initiative by his organisation, nevilleendeavours, and Apollo Hospitals’ Centre for Liver Disease and Transplantation—to popularise the message of organ donation. “I generally run at night. So when Apollo expressed a wish to use marathons to spread their message, I thought of a dusk to dawn run,” explains Bilimoria.
He has tied up with several of the city’s running groups, including Chennai Runners and Dream Runners, to set things in motion. “Weather plays an important role in marathons and the coolness of nightime will help you perform better. There’s also no pressure to hurry back home and participants get a chance to take part with their families,” he says, adding that he would advise runners to wear comfortable clothes (Dri-Fit T-shirts and shorts), wear shoes a size bigger (as feet will swell), load up on carbs and hydrate themselves well.
“Everyone who registers will be given a personalised training schedule, and we will also connect them with running groups to help them train,” he signs off, but not before adding that he wants to turn this into an annual event.
Dusk2Dawn, which hopes to attract between 3,500 and 5,000 people, will have four running categories—3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km.
On September 27, from 9.30 pm, at Island Grounds. `650. Registrations close on September 17. Details: dusk2dawnmarathon.com
—Surya Praphulla Kumar