All you need is a pair of shoes

Mixing fitness, fun and charity more than a thousand people participated in the women’s day run.

Bangaloreans started their day with a fitness run on Sunday, 4 March. Contours, a women’s only fitness gym held its 3rd edition of fitness run of 10 kilometres. It is held every year close to the women’s day. This run started at 6.30 am from Kanteerava stadium.

Dancing their way with aerobics.
Pic: Anisha Nair

More than 1000 runners participated in this woman’s day run including men and children. Age seemed no bound here. Participants were from the age group of 8 years to 70 years. The run was held with the support of charity partners – ASHA and PARIKRAMA foundation. 100 children from ASHA foundation flagged the event. The event was meant to bring awareness about women’s health. The money collected from the event will go towards educating the girl child.

The event kick-started with a lot of warm-up exercises and aerobics. The participants followed the steps of the performers on the stage and danced their ways with foot-tapping music. The fun-filled ambience saw people dancing around in coloured wigs. The temporary tattoo making counters grabbed many eyeballs. Many participants got the logo of Contours tattooed on their forearms. With almost half an hour of exercise and aerobics, it was time to get running. Counters distributing water and bananas were arranged on the way at particular distances.

Participants at the run.
Pic: Anisha Nair

Anjana Sheshadri, a resident of Malleshwaram said, "it is a fun event and what better than starting my fitness routine with a fun run." Most of the women came with an aim to stay fit and have regular runs and exercises. Sunita Vijay, a resident of Brigade Gateway said, "I am here to pledge to stay fit. And can there be a better start than the women’s day run?"

G Raman, a resident of Brigade gateway said, "I came here to accompany my wife for the run. It is good that she is getting the opportunity to think about herself and stay fit,"

This 10 km run started from Kanteerava and ended at Cubbon Park.

Chandra Gopalan, the Director of Contours, India and the organiser of this event said, "We collected a lot of money for educating the girl child and also created awareness about the importance of the same among the participants." She further added that it was a fun event and a lot of women became conscious of their health and fitness. "It is the easiest form of exercise. All you need is a pair of shoes… and there you go!"

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