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From Race Director's Desk




From Race Director's Desk

INA Marathon, Land Of Legends Marathon

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.