Up in the HILLS

“We are only half mad, just ran the half marathon at the highest marathon in the world”
-Team Lets Run

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We are often told by our non runner friends that it takes a special kind of idiot to run 21 km at 5 am in the morning in Raipur. So it came as no surprise that when all of us decided to make the journey to Leh for the highest marathon in the world, most people concluded that we were now beyond repair !


Nevertheless, we ventured to Ladakh, strong in will and spirit ! Most of us chose to arrive a week to 5 days prior the race so as to acclamatise to the high altitude and get some22042150_10159447395395341_6949487079579377755_o (Small) practice under our belt before the big day. We did find time to go around and were simply awestruck by the majestic landscape the region has to offer. We also found time to spend one night at the Pangong Lake which was truly an exhilarating experience as photographs will show !

The first practise run in Leh brought the challenges of high altitude running to the fore. Most of us were left gasping for breath in the first two kilometers and were simply defeated by the relatively low oxygen levels and the varying elevation ! The second run at Pangong Lake (@ 14000 ft!) was surprisingly the harbinger of confidence in many of21427450_10159360484425341_7699699339924118812_o (Small) us. Running along the beautiful Pangong Lake is one experience which I will cherish for a lifetime despite the unforgiving running conditions. Although, we had a professional photographer in our midst, we all agreed that no photo could do justice to the inexplicable vistas we experienced there while running.

By the time the big day arrived, we were all in high spirits. All kinds of energy drinks and potions were readied the night before. Calculations and combinations to tackle the race, all of which were for the mind and not for the body, were thoroughly discussed. I guess somewhere in our mind we all knew that though we will make it, it will be perhaps the toughest run of our lives !

The atmosphere at the start point in the morning was electrifying ! We could see runners from all over the world on the field converging towards the start point. The Sun Gods had offered some respite and the overcast weather made the conditions ideal for running. The half marathon track entailed a downhill run for the first 10km, varyingly plane for the next 7 km and stark uphill for the last 4km. The first 10km downhill along the Mahabodhi Road was a breeze for all of us with some of us touching Raipur like speeds. It was only after the first 10km, that we realised the challenges of the race. The track now ran along the Leh-Keylong and the Leh-Manali highway. Nevertheless, we managed and made it to the 17km mark. The last four kms were the final frontier and it was all uphill !

The stretch was excruciating and you could see most people walking rather running, even the Ladakhis ! The last 100 meters were downhill, much needed for all runners to finish with grace. Crossing the finish line was crossing into a celebration with most of us breaking into a dance !

After all that raining and all that hype, we had already made it! The run was indeed an21457337_10159372610235341_7532480784471265479_o (Small) experience ! It was proud moment for our team as all 30 of us finished the race before the cut off time with Tarang Khurana leading the pack with an impressive 2 hrs 7 min.

Finishing the race gave us all a sense of deep accomplishment which we will carry with us for a long time to come. Obviously, we followed the run by a king-sized lunch and a big celebration at the team hotel afterwards, Lets Run style !


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Praharsh Agrawal

Meticulous runner



“Cool rain transforms the steaming pavement.

I bike and smile nonchalantly.”-Anonymous



A true rider rides, no matter what time of year.

“Riding in the rain” as a phrase may sound romantic but could be nerve-racking due to slick and slippery roads.

Riding in wet weather has its own set of challenges, but if done right, it can actually be fun.


Waterproof and breathable apparel

Wear a good ventilated waterproof jacket to keep your torso dry. Look for breathable material, so you don’t overheat. Wear a good pair of water resistant shoes and use a cycling cap (cycling casquette) under your helmet which will act as a barrier for your head.

Ride smoother and smarter

Be gentle on your brakes. Braking should be deployed earlier and lighter to avoid skidding. Be careful while cornering as tires lose purchase more easily in turns, so you need to keep your body more upright through corners. Just go slow, don’t be after pace.

Flaunt the fenders

Use a pair of fenders especially during group rides to avoid all that mud and filthy water splashing up onto you. According to many, fenders are uncool and rattly but keep a large amount of dirt and grit off your body and bike both.

Adjust your bike accordingly

Well, MTBs and hybrids are better than road bikes for wet weather riding as they offer better grip than road bikes due to wider tires. But with a little caution and skill you can ride a road bike safely too in this weather.

Decrease your tire pressure by 5 to 10 psi to get better traction.

Be more cautious

Avoid riding through standing water. Standing water can be dangerous as you don’t know what is lurking beneath. It might just be a puddle, but then it could be a wheel smashing pothole. So, keep scanning the road while riding.

So, don’t miss out on one of the best cycling experiences amid rain and mud. Be confident and ride like a pro.

Let the rain drench your body, not your spirit.

Happy and safe riding everyone!


Written by

K Tripti Rao

Lawyer, Rider, Runner, Foodie

My Run – My Story

Last November I got the opportunity to run in the Marathon organised by Letsrun team. As soon as I reached that venue the whole aroma was sensitizing and elative…endorphins were out on the track even before the run by the Rock music..a smart Event Jockey and that gives a good warm up .

The Class of people was so friendly and boost ups. All had come not to see any celebrity or hear any lecture of a leader but JUST TO RUN.

Time management was excellent. The way the DJ went along with us for first kilometer gave a good pace (although I missed it later on when the lactic acid made the calves cry 😣).

Although the finish line seemed very far in last few minutes and was thinking to ask for a lift… but alas no vehicles allowed there😉… then saw Dr Vinod Tiwary Sir clapping to all & that was enough to limp up to the finish line.. BRAVO.. And then met my friend Dr Alok Dixit, a seasoned runner, and after a selfie with him as was ready to say bye to him, he to my surprise said… “Breakfast le ke jaa”… Hunger pangs were equally rhyming with the calf pain.. so the offer made me walk pace to pace with Dr Alok to the Grand feast… it was so hygienic and nourishing… I had forgotten all table manners as if a lion gets a deer after a long hunt.

Then, Dr Vinod Tiwary Sir & other seniors of Letsrun team stood for hours patiently to give medals to all of us… felt as it I have won Olympic Gold 😁

The registration fees was actually very nominal seeing the facilities provided. It can be increased further so that the team is not at loss.. Diabetes & Hypertension after all comes with money.. so spending few chips ultimately saves more when it comes to health.

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Why I wished to write it all today & not earlier because I am seeing that most other local marathons are not up to the mark. They neither serve the purpose for which they aim… nor do they convey the message for health properly…. just think if you want to spread the message for Swacch Bharat and you are asking all to run… all the trash of T-shirts thrown on roads, the disposables of water thrown helter shelter by the participants… after the event the whole scene is dirtier than before.. No bio toilets.. all can be seen peeing road sides.. poor ladies cant dare even that.

Marathon should be reserved to spread the message of health.. Nice aesthetic disciplined atmosphere like LetsRun leaves an aura of happiness at the end which tempts the participants to return to the track next time.. fitter & slimmer.

It will be great if the team garlands the finishers with medals as soon as they reach finish line ..they can take selfies soon after.. it will save time and energy of participants and organizers..

Waiting to meet u all in the next event.. till then Run..n..Rock..n…Roll ..

Kudos Dr Vinay and Team

Dr Rohit Mishra

Daudegi Vimlaa tabhi toh Healthy Banega India

Fit Women Make Healthier Nations

On this International Women’s Day, I want to highlight attention on the importance of regular physical activities and health awareness for women.

PicsArt_11-12-02.58.46Women all over the world have come a long way, constantly breaking the glass ceiling, distinguishing themselves in various fields. However, they generally tend remain nonchalant about their health after a particular point of time.

There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to accomplish everything. And by trying to play too many roles  for  achieving an A+ in every aspect , they forget to  realize, that there exists another relationship, with yourself!

No matter how hectic your routine is, cut yourself some slack and create time for your own fitness regime and healthy habits.

Family and the society must also support and encourage more women to take up fitness activities. But, the most important  freedom is to be what you really are…There cannot be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, at an individual level And, It’s got to happen inside first!

So ladies, Push yourselves out of the bed, Put on your shoes and kill it on the run!

Work Hard, Eat Clean and Stay Fit!

Daudegi Vimlaa tabhi toh Healthy Banega India

Runner Deepali

#letsrun #RaipurRunners #EmpoweredWomen #HealthyIndia


5 Day 10k / 5K Challenge – Runners review

We took a challenge Feb  2017 between 1st to 5th to run 10K / 5K daily for 5 days. We started with 55 Beginners and 37 Finishers. We had some fantastic reviews from runners, some of them are quoted below.


Runner Deepali 5 Day / 10 KM Champ

I’ll be honest to say that I was a bit nervous about how I’m going to hammer out 10k for 5 days, without any rest days in between and come out injury free. But I took it up to gauge my strengths and limitations.
Fortunately, I finished the challenge without any injuries, largely because I listened to my body and to the periodic tips/advice given by our experienced runners. It’s not Running that causes injury, its carelessness!
Big Kudos to all the participants, especially women, who nailed it!
Thanks to Letsrun team for the motivation and keeping up the spirits.

Runner Neera 5 Day / 5 KM Champ

Was a real challenge for me as I participated for first time in this challenge running continuously for 5 days. I loved the serene location of the run with helpful group of friends. Hats off to the team for making these run interesting with Zumba before we kick started our daily runs n helping us with the basic necessities like water, (gulucose / medical kit) for emergency. My experience with this 5 days challenge has taught me to challenge myself n I am looking forward for many more such occasions to join, run n enjoy

Runner Pratyush 5 Day / 10 KM Champ

I just like the person I have become since LetsRun happened (yeah its a phenomenon). Taking up challenges has pushed limits i thought were unattainable by me. But then LetsRun Team is there to buck you up and keep you going. Running is a mental sport but then so are we – “INSANE! LetsRun Team”.

Runner Rohit 5 Day / 5 KM Champ

5days – 5km!!! thank u Let’s Run for a thoughtful & very well organised event. The venues were perfect, the motivation was infectious – would not have been able to complete the challenge of full 5 days without the support. Had a great experience, definitely coming back! #yedilmangemore


19 Feb 2017

“Right sir, yes sir, don’t worry sir, we will take care of it sir” This was six weeks before the marathon. Happy to have received such prompt and positive replies, tickets were booked and plan A was ready.

And 10 days before the event, “What?? No. It was yes then but now it is no. And I won’t even attend your calls!!” Plan A went up in thin air…. POOF.

What next…. Plan B. Raipur marathon was nowhere on the net. The running calendar showed that 12 Feb Raipur event was cancelled. Somehow I came to know that there was another HM event being conducted by the state govt in Raipur on 19 Feb. It suited me well. However, state govt representative handling the phone calls was clueless about marathons. As I tried to explain my plan, the only thing he concentrated was “CM saab will come at anytime in the morning after 6.30 am and the race will be flagged off.” I wasn’t confident with such an arrangement and was working out on various other options.

In the meantime, through some via via media, I got through to Vinay Tiwary from Raipur and he was my GSM (for those who are not familiar with GSM, see my God Sent Messenger post)

A couple of phone calls and my complete plan was ready. Dr Vinay Tiwary, a pathologist by profession, is the head of ‘Let’s Run’ group in Raipur. He had himself conducted a few half marathons before and knew my requirement. To start with, he committed to run the first 21kms before the HM event himself with me. He activated his group members for supporting my run. Simultaneously, being a localite, he registered me for the 21km Raipur marathon event too, which was to be flagged off at 0630h.

I reached Raipur on 11 Feb and we made a quick plan for the first 21km. We would start from the Raipur City at 0415h and complete 21kms in 2h 15 mins and reach the stadium, where the event was to start. In case the event gets postponed, because of non-arrival of VIPs on time, we had planned to continue with the run to maintain continuity. Dr Vinay even decided to do a full marathon along with me.

Race day 12 Feb, sharp at 4.00 Am we were at the designated meeting point. We were three runners for the first leg and we sailed through comfortably in the first 21kms reaching the start point of the event by 6.30 am. As we were nearing the Start point we could see the chopper with the CM landing near the stadium. Other than the CM, Mr Milkha Singh, Ms Geeta Phogat and Mr Praveen Kumar were the guests. We joined the crowd and in 10-12 minutes time our event began.

The sun was already up. Chattisgarh was in full strength. The route was simple, a straight flat road with only one left turn for 10.5km and back. The newly constructed roads of Naya Raipur were very wide. Unfortunately, there was not a single fully grown tree enroute. The trees have been recently planted and would take 4-5 years more to give proper shade as required on a sunny morning. The route was well stocked with water and bananas in a few places. There was not a single garbage bin, hence the entire route got littered with banana peels and water packets.

Despite the heat and scorching sun, I was able to comfortably finish in 5:20. A very positive point was the raw talent available in such places. Young boys and girls from nearby villages participated in the HM event bare feet and ran well. Runners of Let’s Run group also completed the route strongly.

For a first time event by the Govt, it was relatively well conducted. With more professional help from Marathon runners, this event will stand out well ahead in years to come. Icing to the cake, I got an opportunity to address the Let’s Run group and share some tips with the runners. Thanks to all members of the group and specifically Dr Vinay Tiwary.
So that’s for Raipur……..

Rajdhani…..here I come, not for the madness of round and round in a stadium, but a full fledged well stretched FM on 26 Feb.
#beatyesterday #garmin #ique

Col Sundaresan Ren





LETSRUN – The Bunch of Mischievous Retards

A great year has come to an end, fabulous one as i came in contact with an amazing Letsrun group created by Dr. Vinay Tiwary. I knew him as my elder brothers friend. I followed his running posts on Facebook which were truly motivating. I met him while running on the streets of Kamimg_20160814_164044al Vihar and instantly joined the running community Letsrun. My first run with LetsRun group on 13th Feb. 2016, of 6km at Pt. Ravi Shankar University was purely exciting with the encouragement and guidance of Dr. Tiwary & co-runners I managed to finish my run. That was the start of my new journey from a beginner to marathoner.

Pungi Poze


My next milestone was the first half marathon by LetsRun where in I attempted running 10 kms…..was very nervous but managed to finish in 61 mins 24 secs which was a fairly good time as a beginner. Every one from the group patted me for the timing.



I became a part of all the closed runs organised by LetsRun and thats how gradually on 21st May 2016 i managed to finish my first 21 kms in 2 hrs 46 mins 19 secs. My mind and my body was all set to finish the given target.

My co-runner was Mr. Pankaj Agrawal who motivated me all through the track without bothering about his own pace and time. Warm hugs, handshakes & patting on my shoulders by fellow runners acted as muscle relaxants for me. Three months of running with the group and my accomplishment was a half marathon…….what a proud feeling.

And then came another 21 kms with a better pace and of course a better time in our next TOWN & COUNTRY RUN (Bhatagaon). Now 21 kms was a child’s play for me.

The best part about all these runs was that Dr. Tiwary always maintained the discipline of time. The community was not just about running……as very correctly said by Dr. Tiwary the group was about enjoying food, the nature, reliving childhood days, running in rains & many more such things. Gradually early morning runs were something i couldn’t do without…..and guess what i lost a few kgs……good ones.

Our 1st big event THE CANAL RUN  was an open event and i was fortunate enough to be a part of the core working committee. The event was a super duper hit and we had managed to motivate the Raipurians. LetsRun community was the talk of the town.


By now we had lot of enthusiastic runners joining the community. So our SUPER GURU Dr. Vinay Tiwary gave us a pleasant surprise by completing his first full marathon 42.192 kms to be precise……..a benchmark that each one of us wanted to achieve. And bang on within a months time we had two more full marathoners in the community…..Proud to announce that one was Mr. Himanshu Sahu & the other one was ME. The full marathon was truly mentally and physically challenging.


LetsRun community ended the year by giving the first RFID timed half marathon to Raipur. It was a group effort of each and every member of the core working committee along with the Hyderabad team. We had runners joining us from all over the country………..children adults oldies and also people on wheelchair accompanied by an escort. The event was a box office Salman khan hit…………..No ifs no buts only super-success. We had more than 800 runners participating enthusiastically with us.


My heart felt thanks to Dr.Vinay Tiwary for being my guide my mentor my guru……without whom i could have never been on the road to run. Thank you 2016 for introducing me to the LetsRun community and eagerly waiting for all the 2017 activities.


I would like to complete my write-up with my run statistics.

  • Year 2016 – 8 times 21kms, single 42.61 kms and a total of 900kms.
  • My resolution for 2017 – 1310kms in total, 18 times 21kms and 3 times 42kms


Runner Aman Goel
LetsRun Community




The RUNderFUL Life

It gives me immense pleasure to start a blog of “LetsRun” – CG’s first and only runners community.

Since the 1st run on 01/11/2015 we have grown exponentially in both membership and sprit to become recognizable in and around Raipur, it was all possible because of all of you who trusted and followed me in all cRaZY things I did.

I wish to bring you more from this blog that can not be done properly in FB or website, Over the time I have collected things i wanted to share which i shall be posting in some days.

Wish you a Runderful life,