Running is more than just a fitness pursuit for many marathoners. (L-R Amit Sardesai, Sheetal Pai Kane and Kabir Pinto Makhija).
Running is more than just a fitness pursuit for many marathoners. (L-R Amit Sardesai, Sheetal Pai Kane and Kabir Pinto Makhija).Pic courtesy: Cashewrina Events

SKF Goa River Marathon Goan runners favourite

Marathon enthusiasts cite fitness, scenic routes and love of running as reasons to participate

Goa-based marathoners consider the forthcoming 12th SKF Goa River Marathon, scheduled to be held in Chicalim on Sunday, December 11, their favourite marathon. 

Pritiva Lobo (52), a Margao-based school teacher and regular half-marathoner, said, “The Goa River Marathon was my first marathon and, hence, is always close to my heart. I have been running in this race since 2013.” 

Likewise, Sheetal Pai Kane (50), a Porvorim-based fashion designer, said, “I love the Goa River Marathon because it is organised by the runners for the runners and is therefore very unique.” 

Pritiva Lobo from Margao.
Pritiva Lobo from Margao.Pic courtesy: Cashewrina Events

Amit Sardesai (47), a Chicalim-based civil engineer, said, “I started running the Goa River Marathon in the year 2013 and have not missed any event to date. I hope to run here for a long time.”

While Kabir Pinto Makhija, a real estate businessman from Panjim, said, “The Goa River Marathon has a very scenic route and is organised in my home state, making it very special.”

It is clear that running has become a part and parcel of life for these Goa-based runners. 

“Running gives me a lot of happiness and keeps me fit and healthy,” said Pritiva. While Amit said, “Running started as a means to lose excess weight but has now become a very important part of my daily life.”

Kabir, who admits to being a sportsman from a young age, said, “I took to long-distance running 12 years ago to challenge myself and push my boundaries.”

The excitement among these runners is very high. Sheetal and her Run for Life group are organising a promotional run for the SKF Goa River Marathon in the Salvadore de Mondo area at 6 am on Saturday, November 26. 

“We run past very scenic backwaters and are hoping that a lot of the local runners will join us for this run,” Sheetal said. 

 To register for the 12th SKF Goa River Marathon, visit: www.skfgoarivermarathon.com

Running is more than just a fitness pursuit for many marathoners. (L-R Amit Sardesai, Sheetal Pai Kane and Kabir Pinto Makhija).
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