City to host Human Race

Anju Bobby George set for Doha Grand Prix return


On October 24 Bangalore will join the bandwagon when this year’s run kicks off at the Clarks Exotica, Devanahalli, on the outskirts of the City.

The race, which drew close to eight lakh people in the first year with the likes of Serena Williams and Lance Armstrong gracing the occasion, is expected to bring together a global audience of over a million people this time around.

The event will have the virtual run that allows people from all over the world take part without having to be physically present at the designated destination.

Runners, who do not have access to the destination, can register online and with it get a chip. 

The chip with an in-built transmitter will have to be inserted into the shoe and with every step, the information (the distance run and the time taken) will be passed on to the runner’s personal iPod. The iPod will then have to be connected to any web source from where the recorded information will be fed into the organisers’ website.

For the ‘physical run’, people can register online or at a Nike store and with it get a ‘timer chip’ that records the time taken by a runner to complete the 10 km distance.
Registrations -- Rs 600 and Rs 400 (for students between 15 and 21) -- for the race will open on September 24.

For further information visit the website Nikeplus.in or contact, Pratvii Ponnappa on 98863 21381 or M Srihari at 080-41343100.

Anju on course

After a dissapointing exit from the Beijing Olympics with the persisting ankle injury, Anju Bobby George will mark her return to the long jump pit at the Doha Grand Prix in May.
“I will not take part in the Asian Championship but will be ready by April.

“I will return to the track at the Doha Grand Prix in May but the biggest tournament coming up will be the Commonwealth Games,” said Anju, who will take part in the Human Race.

Anju, who has been out of action since her disqualification at the Olympics, was happy with her recovery process and said that she is not doing anything particularly different to her training routine.

"I took a long break after the Olympics. I was not even training and now I have started training. There is some problem still. I have to tackle that but injury has been a part of me for over a decade now and I’m used to it,” she said.

On the recent reports that the preparation for the CWG is far from complete, Anju said: “I don’t really know what is happening there (New Delhi) but I’m sure they will get everything ready in time for the event.

“We have the home advantage but there are so many great athletes so I guess we’ll have to just wait and watch.”

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