The INA - Land of Legends Marathon is the first of its kind run, to be held inside the India Naval Academy, in Ezhimala. Participants, coming from all over India, Civilians, Armed forces personnel alike, will participate in this historic event , on the 3rd of December ! The INA marathon will be a national event where the grandeur and glory of INA will be showcased to the participants. The main aims of the event are...
A. To motivate the youth of schools and colleges of north Kerala and south Karnataka to take up Indian Navy as a career through INA.
B.To showcase the majestic Campus and glorious history of Ezhimala and provide a glimpse of INA to avid runners from all walks of life. Only Indian nationals would be permitted to participate initially, with participation by foreign runners being considered in later editions.
C.To provide serving and retired Armed Forces personnel from across the country an event to reconnect.
The Indian Naval Academy (INA) is a premier training establishment of the Indian Navy which conducts B. Tech. curriculum together with ab-initio training for 10+2 entry cadets in addition to the MSc (Applied Electronics &Communication) for ex NDA cadets and Naval Orientation Course training for Direct Entry Officer trainees. The Academy is located at the historic location of Ezhimala in north Kerala on the sea shore of western Coast with the historic Dilli Light House overlooking a beach stretch of 7 kms. Further the periphery of the Academy spans over a 22 kms stretch of metalled road. This provides an ideal setting for conduct of a marathon. The culture of marathon and long distance running has been growing rapidly and The Indian Navy are at the fore front of it. In keeping with the traditions of the Indian Navy and following the successful conduct of Navy marathons at Vizag and Mumbai, it is planned to conduct an Indian Naval Academy Open Marathon.
The race Director Cdr Paramdeep Singh Soodan is an ardent runner. He says, “INA marathon will give you the best surroundings for running. You start at the Chola Stadium with the Dilli Hill in the background, you go on the periphery of INA and come very close to backwaters and soon you will be on Zamorin beach facing the historic Dilli Lighthouse. Soon you will be on the other end of INA at Ettikulam bay and a U turn will bring you back to the finish point. Though you will be running in early winter morning in pleasant climate but humidity will challenge you and make bring to hidden resources towards the end.”
Running is a passion for Commander Paramdeep Singh Soodan and has been into running since his college days. He seriously took up running after joining the Indian Navy in 2004. He has been running now for the last 14 years. He was part of the Navy team that took part in Army Adventure Cup 2005 which included Cycling, Running and River Rafting. He ran his first half marathon in Goa marathon at Panaji in Mar 2013. Since then he has run half marathons in Goa River Marathon (2013 and 2014), Goa Beach Marathon 2014, Go heritage Run Bidar 2015, Stone Ridge Valley Marathon Nashik 2016, NIO Vision Marathon Pune 2016. He graduated to running full marathons in Goa River Marathon 2016 and immediately joined the elite Ultra marathon runners category by running 51kms in Run the Rann in Rann of Kutch in Feb 2017 (stood 7 th among 45 runners), followed it with running 65 kms in Far East Ultra on Indo-Myanmar border in Apr 17 and again 50 kms in Shimla Ultra in Jun 17. As Joint Director Training(Adventure) at National Defence Academy, Pune he was also training cadets in X-country running both as an individual and as a Squadron and successfully guided the Squadron under his training to win the inter Squadron X- country Championship in Feb 2017. Now he is at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala training and promoting running among the officers and cadets. After joining the Indian Naval Academy in end Jun he has run half marathons at Coorg (13 Aug 17), Celebration Mysore Marathon (03 Sep 17) and the famed Satara Hill Marathon on 17 Sep 17. He is also into research in Positive Psychology and Spirituality for peak performance in mind, body and spirit.
Team Avakaash wishes the event a grand success and suggests that enthusiasts should make use of this golden opportunity.
3 km Walk-Run
5 km Walk-Run
10 km and 21 km races (competitive)
All finishers get medals.
05:45 AM: Flag-Off for the 21 Km
06:15 AM : 10 Km
06:45 AM: Start for 3K and 5K
07:30 AM onwards, Post run festivities
Reporting time 01 hr before flag off.
Registration Link: http://inamarathon.com