A running group for everyone
For SoBo sprinters
Cyrus Contractor runs with his buddies three times a week on the half-marathon route between Worli and Nariman Point. The group starts with a light warm-up at 6am and follows up with cycling, free-hand exercises, light weights and yoga in the workout. The informal group comprises students and professionals between the ages of 24 and 54 and admits newcomers.
Email email@example.com for details. Free.
For girl-bonding on the run
An all-girls running group in Bangalore inspired Roshni Rai to start a Mumbai chapter in November 2010. The Mumbai Runner Girls meet once a month over the weekend. Locations and dates of upcoming runs are posted on their Facebook group. “There are certain health issues that we are comfortable sharing only with other women,” said Rai, “So it’s a good idea to have an all-girls group.”
To sign up, join Mumbai Runner Girls on Facebook. Free.
The Nike run club provides free training every Sunday and the opportunity to try Nike shoes for those registered on the website runnersforlife.com. Marathon runner Daniel Vaz and the Central Railway athletics team coach, Melwyn Crasto, start with a 20-minute warm-up for the upper and lower body before turning the pack loose on Marine Drive, where training is phased according to every runner’s fitness level. The two-hour session ends with cool down exercises and free-hand strength training. All you need to do is fill out a registration form, get a bib (yes, a bib) to wear on every run and you’re good to go.
Visit runnersforlife.com for details. Free.
For serious running-buffs
Striders is a paid runners’ club and has training sessions for all batches four times a week. Venues are the Mahalaxmi Race Course, Shivaji Park, and Powai’s Hiranandani Gardens on weekdays. All groups meet on Sunday for a common session.
To register, call Praful Uchil on +91 99202 72883 or Deepak Londhe on +91 98193 44492. R 5,500 for three months.
For satellite city racers
Navi Mumbai’s runners make it a point to meet every weekend. They set off on a 10-km trail at 6am –a different one each time – and bond over breakfast later. On the third Sunday of every month, runners from other parts of the city are also invited.
Join the Navi Mumbai Runners group on runnersforlife.com. Free.
For the lazy ones who love their beer
The hashing tradition began in Malaysia in 1938 with a British expat game of “Hares and Hounds”. One member would set a trail that the rest would follow to beer and cigarettes. Sign up for the city-based chapter if you’re looking for a little exercise and some new drinking buddies. The Bombay Hash House Harriers meet on the second and last Sunday of every month, to run along an 8-to-10-km trail with plentiful amounts of beer at the finish line.
Visit www.bombayhash.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Registration fee R 150.