Best Birthday ever with Mumbai’s 120 VisuallyImpaired RunnerGirls!

It was a tough week as I lost my aunt to cancer. But a memorable birthday and a race with a winning position in 3km, a team of 100+ Visuallyimpaired girls with guides+support team..totally 220+ enrolled for weekly trainings and then the race on Dec 15th !

Not just a regular event overall, the guide and Visuallyimpaired meetup started early by 3pm on 14th Dec. There was a technique session, song and dance , achievers were rewarded with running gear, both guides and Visuallyimpaired athletes. This coincided with my birthday 🎂 and we had celebrations of all the birthdays and anniversary of that month. There was cake and vada pav, lots of chocolates and gifts. 💐

Many guides stayed back for overnight stay together with Visuallyimpaired at Worli sea face venue. Post dinner we went for a walk along sea face and it was all our masti time.

Being blessed with good team members is what turns out to be a boon for me in every event. We had a very gala flag off by Milind Soman for each of the 3categories of race 3k, 5k and 10km!

I found myself on the podium with the superfast visuallyimpaired Sarita in the 3k category! I felt very happy I could guide her to win!

Overall it was a blend of fun, enjoyment and achievement!

Really appreciate the hardwork put in by my team – Sucheta, Bharath, Abhay, Anand, Abhilash for coordination since 3 months prior to event.

Dipal, Manisha, Rajesh, Amit, Ramakrishna Thoi, Varsha manurkar, Simmi , Sharmila Sunkar, Dipal, Junaid supported Dec14th meet up.

Suju, Lipika, Prochy, Vidya, Rajesh D’Souza and Milind Soman -USF team for constant support.
And all who helped a lot to carry this event successfully, there are many. Congratulations and Thank you 🙏

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Bhumika Patel

Corporate Leader with passion for Fitness and community service. Winner of #IBMWomenWhoInspire South Asia 2017 and won several IT achievement awards. International Yoga Alliance - Certified Yoga Teacher. Formerly-Champion Runners coach-Skechers, Running Coach at She was profiled as GameChangers2017 an elite list of 21 women across world. Six star world marathon majors finisher * and *profiled by world marathon majors who credited her with sparking a revolution in women’s running in India.

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