The third Zendurance Nashik Spirit Run saw over 500 participants in the 10.5 km and 21 km categories through rugged terrains and fields, but not in a perfect condition they would have loved to.
A section of the participants claimed they were disappointed by the alleged lack of facilities along the two routes and the chaos at the wine tasting counter.
The marathon began at 6.30 am around Govardhan village near Sula. The start and end of the run was within Sula Vineyards a combination route of road and trail. in a loop of 10.5 km, with the 21 km runners doing the loop twice.
“They charge as much as the Mumbai marathon but the facilities are not up to the mark. Water was available at only three points. There were no volunteers to guide or check if anyone was using short-cuts. Medical facility was inadequate,” said Rajesh Bonde, a marathoner.
Amit Yadav from Mumbai also complained about the absence of volunteers.
SB Anwar, another marathoner, said, “They announced the wrong name for the person who stood second in 10 kms run. So, someone else took the medal and left.” We brought it to the notice of the volunteers and they announced the winner’s name but the medal was already gone”
He added that the climate was cool and the route was good but age-wise category was also important which they did not have. He added that there was no way to monitor if 21 km started running first as per the rule or even the 10 km participants joined in. “The difference in the starting time was of only five minutes.”
Dynaneshwar Gurav from Mumbai said, “Improvement in organising the event is definitely needed. They need to be professional.”
At the wine tasting counter there was utter chaos. “Our coupons were a waste. The attendants asked us to come after 10.30 am. We left,” said Manohar Jadhav, a participant
Sushmith Lahiri, an organiser, admitted to some loopholes but could not explain factors such as the absence of medical volunteers during the event.