Originally Posted by Umang
wow kudos and congrats for taking part in goa marathon buddy! well i hope mukesh and peter know abt hotels in goa!!
Originally Posted by shailinder
Goa and River
This is something, which I am not able to connect very well. I mean if you ask anyone about Goa. He will talk about the sea / beaches as far as river marathon is concerned. I am sure most of the people would not be knowing much about it (including me). Tell us more about it.
All the best and do take part in it.
Thanks Umang and Shailinder.
Goa is about beaches without a doubt (100 km of it)
The Goa River Marathon is a half-marathon (21 km) held near Vasco da Gama, the port city in the beautiful State of Goa.
This is a competitive
event held over a 21 km route starting at Baina Beach, Vasco da Gama, Goa at 0700 Hrs (This year on 11th December) and the route is through the bank of Zuari river.
Quoting the Organisers
"As you run the first leg of your 21 kilometer route, on the left you will see the calm, beautiful and soothing waters of the 'Zuari' river
. You will see the occasional fishing boat with a man or two in them waiting patiently for the fish as if frozen in time. You see this against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Jacinto Island and you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's truely no better or a more beautiful place to run a marathon. The route takes you to picturesque St. Jacinto Island and then back along the same route to end at Baina Beach. The main event also has a special "Veterans
" category for both males and females of age 45 and above. The top 3 runners in this category (males and females) will be awarded prizes too. Last date for registration for the main 21Km event is Dec. 08th 2011.
There is also a fun walk (a mini 5 km walk-run) on the same day. This is a just-for-fun non-competitive event
where participants can walk or run. The idea is to just reach the finish line in the spirit of participation. Although the mini event is non-competitive, prize would be awarded for best costume, best theme group, oldest participant and so on. The point to point route also starts at Baina Beach - a popular tourist destination in Vasco da Gama at 0800 Hrs and also finishes at the same place. Along the way it takes in many of the city's sights passing through green fields, house clusters, the beach front, the local commercial and market areas and finally ends at Baina Beach. The port town of Vasco da Gama is 5 to 15 minutes drive from three beaches, namely, Baina, Bogmalo and Velsao. There are also plenty of accommodation options ranging from 5-Star to budget hotels. So don't delay - register online today!
. Last date for registration for the mini event is Dec. 10th 2011. Partners:
In order to ensure total professionalism in the way the event is organized and run, the organizers of Goa River Marathon have teamed up with several professional partners. These partners are amongst the best in their areas of expertise"