Glow Girls of Kadugodi

Kadugodi location started 4 months back. Lot of fitness enthusiasts came together with an identical goal… Fitness.
The USP of this location is excellent campus facilities sponsored by PNC Cognito School management. The campus has good facility to run a loop of 1 km and open ground for exercises and drills.
Great team effort by Sucheta, Hema Vivek supported by Saroj and Sudha!
All Pink sisters started they routine practices with lot of determination and consistency following the 29 weeks training program designed by Head Coach Bhumika Patel ” says Sucheta
As they received the news of Oct 21st Pinkathon Day &NammaBengaluru Run all were excited as they got an opportunity to participate in an official run which was a maiden race as well for most of them.
Right from registration, distribution of bib and T shirt, participation in the race, till a strong finish all pink sisters the enthusiasm was sky high.
Kadugodi Training girls congratulations for a strong finish with remarkable timings for the maiden 5k race on 21st Oct 2018.
1. Shweta G – 45 min
2. Sangeeta Kumari – 40 min
3. Shilpi kantia – 45 mins
4. Deepa Chauhan – 44 min
5. Shalini  Tomar – 56 min
6. Priyanka Verma – 56 min
7. Devi Murugapan – 50 min
8. Meenal Dubey – 47 min
9. Nutan Dhaka – 47 min
It was a big day for Kiran Johari too. She finished her maiden Half Marathon in 3:03:34 hrs gracefully. Kiran was very dedicated and consistent in her run workouts. Congratulations Kiran for an inspiring finish of Half Marathon.
Congratulations kadugodi training location for a big success on a big day!!
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Kavya lost her eyesight due to stone injury while playing as a child

Recently a group of visually impaired girls etched their names in Indian history by running their first time Full marathon! Kavya was one of the finishers at NammaBenngaluru Marathon on Oct 21st and it makes me very proud !

Accompanying her to finish line was my colleague from IBM,  Nandish Kumar, who has dedicated several hours to support the trainings.

Dr Rajneet from ColumbiaAsia Hospitals, provided good support with picking up nutritious food for her and ensuring they visually impaired had access to it. He has also done a few training runs with Kavya.  She was provided with new running tshirts, running tights and sports bra. We would either do breakfast or dinner together on most training days.

Kavya is a 19 yr old visually impaired girl whom I met at Samarthanam, HSR. She was recommended to me by her wall climbing instructor as a very strong athlete. Samarthanam also has a sports facility providing her with adequate wall climbing training. One fine day, she called me herself that she was keen to join running. I gladly agreed :- )  She has been very regular and consistent.  Since she joined later part of training, we still have work to do with her.

 During her childhood days, a kid threw a stone at her while playing, because of which she completely lost sight in one eye.


Her Interests include Wall climbing and running Marathons ! 

Due to her progress and achievements in sporting activities (wall climbing, long distance running), she is completely inclined towards sports and intends to pursue a career in this field.

She was placed 3rd at the national level for wall climbing for visually impaired.

She has been selected to participate in an upcoming international wall-climbing event in France.

Her father is into agriculture and her mom and younger brother lend him a helping hand.They are supporting her to pursue her dreams.

She completed her 10th in a normal school from her native place, Tumkur and joined Samarthanam institute 6 months back.

She has recently undergone a 3 months’ course in technical and sector based skill training at Samarthanam’s Livelihood Resource Centre for the disabled. Although she intends to pursue intermediate education (PUC/11th and 12th) in the future, currently, she is seeking employment.

She is ready to forego her education at this juncture, depending on her progress in sports and is extremely confident and determined to succeed.

Wishing her All the best for the upcoming race !

#VisuallyImpaired #MarathonTraining #PinkathonDayBengaluru #NammaBengaluru #PinkathonTraining #Live2Inspire

Blog credit: Rahul, Bhumika

Oct21st Bengaluru – History in the Making

 

This day was a special one for Bangaloreans as they witnessed a very rare one of its ​​kind phenomenon where visually impai​​red and cancer sheros put their mark in the world of fitness and health. 

​​It was history in the making as visually impaired girls completed Full Marathon first time in India.

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Bangalore Pinkathon Girls enthusiastically participated in making Pinkathon Day a huge success. The Ambassadors and Training Leads worked hand in hand for effective execution. The leads from different locations like Cubbon, Whitefield, Kadugodi, Bellandur/HSR, Jayanagar, Bannerghatta, Indiranagar, Cox town, Malleshwaram , Budigere ,Jeevanbimanagar etc for collection and distribution of  bibs and T Shirts for participants at Kanteerava Stadium.

The most remarkable thing of Bengaluru is that it has recognized and emphasized on fitness of Visually Impaired athletes and Cancer Sheros equally.

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Since last 20 weeks, with a need specific training format 15 Visually impaired athletes are ​being r​i​go​ro​usly trained to run a Half Marathon and a Full Marathon which is an outstanding achievement for Pinkathon Training Bengaluru. Hence the choice of marathon and 5k route was based on NammaBengaluru Marathon route for timing record purpose, as this was a record attempt which would create a name in history books.

The training format also focused on the nutrition requirements of the Visually Impaired athletes. Bengaluru has experienced a day where darkness shared vision of success. On Pinkathon day we held their hand, walked their path from the dark to the light of glory.  We are proud to announce that 5 girls and 2  boys explored the joy of completing their Full Marathon. 6 visually impaired girls with strong will power finished their Debut Half  Marathon.

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#PinkathonDayBengaluru VisuallyImpaired Athletes and guides

 

The perfect example of ‘Pinkathon mantra of fitness’ is Geeta, 50 yrs + the colorectal  Cancer Shero. Her fighting spirit and dedication has made her so strong that she attempted her maiden Half Marathon. She is also a guide runner for a Visually impaired  athlete on Pinkathon Day.  Geetha strongly believes that a Cancer Surviviors need strong support from family and friends. She has proved that ‘life after cancer can be beautiful’. She says she dedicates her debut Half marathon run to Head Coach Bhumika who was by her side throughout the journey conquering Minds over Miles.

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Associated with Pinkathon Training as Visually Impaired guide Ravi, a colorectal cancer shero started distance running during the last 3-4 months. He participated in couple of competitive 10ks with a sub 60 minutes timing. Ravi successfully finished his half marathon in the Bangalore Marathon on 21st Oct.

“As I stepped on the running track my face enlightened and eyes sparkled. I ran 5k with lot of aspirations. I reached the finish line leaving all my anxiety and stress behind. On the race day I not only merely earned a medal but also a satisfaction and confidence that now I can live a normal life once again.” were the feeling expressed by Seema a cancer Shero who set a fitness goal on joining Pinkathon Training at Cubbon Park location.It was her maiden 5k run.

 

We can proudly say  ‘We are the power of yesterday today and forever’.

 

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Using COMMUNITY RUNNING as a tool, Pinkathon and it’s Ambassadors have empowered and enabled thousands of women across India to bring positive change into their lives. By understanding that by PRIORITIZING a little bit of time for themselves every day they can bring about change in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. They can bring change in understanding the value they bring to their families and society, and respecting that value. They will be bringing change to the future of their families by INSPIRING BY EXAMPLE. Bringing the concept of health into every aspect of their lives. Making physical, mental and emotional health the driving force of every decision.  The entire team of Pinkathon Ambassadors and leads had geared up as they executed every task to make the 21st Oct 2018 Pinkathon Day a huge success.

Many thanks to the team which volunteered day and night for the success of the event

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Sudha Whitefield
Prachi Hardikar Whitefield
Rashmita HSR
Vandana Cubbon
Vasanthi Cubbon
Geetha Cubbon
Uma pai Cubbon
Rajesh HSR
Vasundhara Malleshwaram
Dr Priya Jayanagar
Hema Jayanagar
Sucheta Kadugodi
Praveen Indiranagar
Shilpee Jeevanbimangar
Preeti Bhuyan Cox Town
Saritha Arra Bannerghatta
Rashmi Mishra Bannerghatta
Himani  Manyata
Uma Pai Bannerghatta
Poonam Mishra Bannerghatta

The celebrations continued the week after with all locations meeting at Cubbon with prize distribution and sharing of experiences!

 

Bannerghatta location also had celebrations and prize distribution the following week!

 

Three Cheers to all who participated enthusiastically !!

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#Live2Inspire #FitWomen4FitFamilies #PinkathonDay #PinkathonDayBengaluru

Blog Credit: Sucheta, Bhumika

Pic Credit: Mayur, Masud, Enthusionz

 

See Also

https://bhumikarunner.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/indias-first-visually-impaired-girls-to-finish-a-full-marathon

https://bhumikarunner.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/kavya-lost-her-eyesight-due-to-stone-injury-while-playing-as-a-child

https://bhumikarunner.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/pinkathonday-ahmedabad-celebrations

https://bhumikarunner.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/pinkathonday-hubbali-wonder-women

https://bhumikarunner.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/pinkathonday-rajkot-glow-girls

 

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