The breathtakingly beautiful Runningandliving.com Half Marathon in Shimla - Oct 4th
The weather was perfect - cool and mildly moist as the half marathoners ran in the mist. Those who had been on course walks for
acclimatization and orientation the previous 2 days, were well prepared for the challenges ahead. The Principal Secretary Youth Services and Sports, for Himachal Pradesh, Shri VC Pharka, flagged off the Half Marathon at exactly 730am. on 4th October 2009.
The runners started off slow and measured, to Scandal Point and then as the slope increased, so did their pace; a good way to get the first 2km over and done with (but the thought stuck - shucks I have to come back this way again, and one more time back up. Yikes!)
This was a run through Shimla's best - starting with the more historic parts of Shimla - via the Muncipal Corporation, The Railway Board Building, Gortons Castle, The Vidhan Sabha and then onwards to the scenic Peterhof Hotel.The climb to the porch of the Peterhof from the main road and then back up from the parking lot to the porch, was the first leveller, and there were many more to come. Here our partners - HPTDC, did a great job of managing the hydration point along with our volunteers
The climb back up from the Cecil Oberoi to Scandal point was tough, but the runners were fresh, and after some quick hydration, they were back on their way, down the Mall Road, past Clarke's hotel and then onwards past the HIgh Court to the CM;s residence at OakOver.