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Run Neera run! (NOA Salutes – 4)

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The Sunfeast Run is a popular event organised by Procam International (the people behind the Mumbai Marathon as well as the Delhi Half Marathon). This year’s was the third edition of the race, held in Bangalore. There were two main categories – The World 10K for Elite runners and the Open 10K for Non Elite.
I am happy to report that my friend Neera Katwal won the 3rd place in the Open 10K (non elite) women’s category (age 15-39 years) with a time of 0:49:11 and received a Bronze medal and Certificate.
She had been training for the event for some time but not very seriously. “I feel I could have done better as my personal best is 0:48:20. There is still scope for improvement since I have started running long distance only in the past one year. I hope to improve with time.”
Neera, who has won some half marathons and one half ultra (25K), works out six days a week. Apart from running, she also does weight training thrice a week and some cross training like cycling, aerobics and swimming.
An M. Phil in Psychology from Madras University followed by a Ph.D in Organizational Behaviour from IIT Madras, Neera is in the process of becoming a fitness consultant. She plans to set up her own workout studio soon where she will train people in workouts that incorporate dance, aerobics and martial arts.
A black belt in karate, Neera concludes, “It feels good to have come in the top three among thousands of competitors. And it is motivating me to become a more serious runner and competitor.”

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Written by Raju Bist

June 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

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  1. Wow! Way to go, Neera!
    I was planning to run in the 10K here in bangalore last month but couldn’t train. Yr story inspires me. Next year, i will participate ..more for fun & raising money for charity though…am way older than you, don’t know if i’ll be able to do the whole thing.

    Vibha

    June 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm


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