How To Qualify for SCMM 2017 or ADHM 2016

Specially for Delhi NCR runners

Registrations are already on for the most awaited running event of India, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM). In a few days time, Aug 23rd to be precise, registrations will also start for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM). Now, the tough part is, both of these events now require a previous timing certificate from a recognized event to allow you to register for them. For Delhi NCR folks, I have put together the list of events one can participate to get that much needed timing certificate to register for SCMM or ADHM.

SCMM 2017 Qualifiers

DateEvent nameLocation
Jul 31Fastest Delhi Half Marathon New Delhi
Aug 07Friendship Day Manger Trail RunGurgaon
Aug 28Indirapuram Monsoon Run Ghaziabad
Sep 11Noida Megathon Noida
Sep 11Dwarka Half Marathon New Delhi
Sep 181st Delhi Sundown Half Marathon New Delhi
Oct 30Millennium City Marathon Gurgoan
Nov 20Airtel Delhi Half Marathon New Delhi

ADHM 2016 Qualifiers

DateEvent nameLocation
Jul 31Gurgaon Running And Living XC Half Marathon Gurgaon
Jul 31Fastest Delhi Half Marathon New Delhi
Aug 7Friendship Day Manger Trail Run Gurgaon
Aug 28Indirapuram Monsoon Run Ghaziabad
Sep 4SBI Pinkathon Womens Run New Delhi
Sep 11Noida Megathon Noida
Sep 11Dwarka Half MarathonNew Delhi
Sep 18Delhi Sundown Half Marathon New Delhi

For registering for a full marathon, you need to provide a timing certificate for a full marathon or a half marathon. Similarly, for registering for a half marathon, provide a timing certificate for a half or a 10K run. And do not delay running your qualifier race at the earliest. The registrations for SCMM and ADHM do not remain open for a long time, so, the earlier the better. Safe option would be to run your qualifier as early as possible, Sep 11th being the last safe date for your ADHM qualifier in my opinion.

Note: Women runners are exempt from the requirement to provide the timing certificate when registering for ADHM 2016.


Comrades Marathon 2016 Live – Right Here, Right Now

Watch the live broadcast of the 2016 Comrades Marathon (91st edition), being broadcast by SABC News. The event kicks off at 5:30 am local time this Sunday, May 29th, starting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and will end at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban. It’s a down run this year. Some event stats:

  • 21,532 registered participants
  • 19,626 runners from South Africa
  • 97 registered participants from India

Enjoy the 12 hours of excitement!


Comrades Marathon 2016 Runners from India


From a single entry in 2009 (and a DNF), to 9 in 2010 (and the first ever set of Comrades Marathon finishers from India, of which I was fortunate enough to be one), India has come a long way to ultra running, and in particular, the Comrades Marathon, the world’s largest and most popular ultra. This year sees 97 registered runners from India (of which I expect 60-70 percent to turn up on race day). Here’s the participant list.

2016 Comrades Participants

Now 97 is a really huge number, coming from a country where running has really taken off in the last few years, with great interest in participating in unique and challenging races worldwide, including Boston Marathon, MDS, Badwater, Ultraman events, etc.

Participant Breakup

So, how do these numbers break up for 2016. Where are these runners coming from, which city or group do they belong to. Here’s a summary:

City/GroupNo. of Runners
Surti Runners (Surat)12
Chennai Runners (Chennai)5
TopGear MIG (Mumbai)5
Striders Miles (Mumbai)4

So clearly, runners from Surat, Mumbai and Chennai dominate the India participation. There are many more runners, with no particular affiliation with a running group, and I would guess that besides these cities, Bangalore and Delhi NCR would also be sending significant number of runners.

All the best to all these participants from India!!!




TomTom Spark On Sale At Starting May 29th

TomTom SparkThis is really great news. Like I mentioned in our earlier TomTom Spark review post, this one is a really value option in the running market currently, vis a vis the cost/feature comparison. Well, on May 29th, these watches will be $50 off on, as part of a sale weekend. Grab your pick from the following:

TomTom Spark GPS (base): $99 (was $149)
TomTom Spark GPS with Music: $149 (was $199)
TomTom Spark GPS with Optical HR sensor: $149 (was $199)
TomTom Spark GPS with Optical HR & Music: $199 (was $249)

IMG_20160515_120146 (1)Why Buy TomTom Spark from

You can get these watches shipped directly from to India, via the international shipping option. How much do you save doing so, versus buying it in India from say, you ask? Here’s the math:

I checked this for the basic TomTom Spark model listed currently for $149.98 on Adding to the cart showed an additional charge of $29.99 for shipping and handling, so about 20% over the listed price. Total cost: $180.

Cost in India of the same watch on is currently Rs 11,899/-. Buying from US store will cost us $180, or Rs 12,121/-, almost same as price. But when you add the $50 discount, this will become $130, so, Rs 8,755/-. Now that’s some serious money saved (about Rs 3,000) over the India rates for this sale period.

If you are looking to get a decent GPS watch, well, this is a great time to go for one!


C.VOX Performance Wear Review – Bringing Music Tech On Your Tee

C.Vox is a Gurgaon based tech company driving innovation in the field of wearable technology, and tech-fitness sports apparel. Their goal is to make a positive impact on your active life by enhancing real-time performance and experience while you are on the go.

So, when I was presented with a Music-enabled T-shirt at the annual Runner of the Year awards, I was quite fascinated by the stuff, to try it out and see if this is something which can actually work for us runners.


How Music Benefits Runners

It is well known how music impacts running. Not all runners prefer to run with music, but there are some definite benefits for those who do:

  • Music can sometimes make running feel easier, lowering perception of effort
  • Provides ongoing stimulus and generally leaves you feeling more positive
  • Can help you run to a target cadence (say 180 spm), depending on your music of choice and the beats per minute it generates.

There will always be pro and anti music camps, but if I were to generalize, music helps a majority of runners enjoy their exercise. And C.Vox tech T-shirt enables that for runners by providing built-in earphones to put on in your ears, and a built in pocket to place your mobile phone or music player inside and to keep it from moving around too much while running (which is quite important).

C.Vox Technology

Here’s how the music enabled t-shirt works:


  • The earphones come out of the tee neck, and you plug them in to your ears. No struggling with the loose wires hanging down to the phone or music player in your shorts or waist pouch.
  • The internal wiring connects the headphones to the pocket at the tee bottom, where the phone gets connected. The pocket was good enough to fit my Nexus 5, though I think anything larger would struggle to get in.
  • That’s it basically, you start your music device, put it in the pocket, and you are good to go on your run!


Now comes the tough part. What happens when you get down and dirty, and the tee needs a good wash. Tech comes in here too to your help. The earphones are made detachable from the tee. Remove them, wash the tee, and put them back on, its quite simple really.


Now some tough questions. All this tech goes into one tee, so when I need a tee change, and this one’s not washed up, I on locked out. The technology stays with the tee, and does not move from tee to tee. So, this means you basically need to buy as many tees as you want to use in your running with music on. You may be able to do with one, other folks may want to have a couple to make the job of switching tee easier if one is in the laundry.

Where To Buy

Finally, all this good stuff if available on the C.Vox website at check out the stuff there, they have a wide variety of music enabled wearable tees and jackets. The tee material is 70% polyester, 20% polyamide and 10% elastane, good stuff for a running tee.