The Marathoners Club at Mahindra
“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”
That’s exactly how members of our Marathoners Club (MRC) would describe running a marathon—a life-changing experience. In January 2016, three people came together to go the extra mile (quite literally) for their fitness. What brought them together was their love for running.
In three years, their tribe has increased to now 40+ members which includes a few members from the supplier community, family and friends.
How does the Marathoners Club work?
The club communicates on WhatsApp. All the rules and regulations are set, and people are divided into teams. Each member of a team is required to run a certain kilometre distance. An app monitors this activity. Points are earned based on the number of kilometres run by each team. Group members also meet for running activities on weekends to prepare for upcoming marathons. The weekend participation motivates everyone to push their boundaries.
Each member is focused on accomplishing their goals while pushing others to achieve theirs. Every notable achievement is shared on the group, and this inspires others to do better. Most members have participated in marathons like Mumbai Marathon, IDBI, BNP, VVMM, Navy, Satara, Rise Run organized by Mahindra Finance and many more in 10, 21 & 42 kilometre categories. Some of them have even completed 1,600 to 2,000 kilometres per year.
Abhishek Sabnis, who has run 6,000 km since 2016, says, “Before joining MRC, I used to participate in 10 and 21 kilometre marathons. MRC has a good concept of team running, wherein the team who runs more wins the competition. With this incentive, I increased my running distance. It helped me a lot to compete in my first full marathon (around 42 kilometres) in 2018. Since then, I have run four full marathons and three ultra-marathons. Most importantly, it has been an injury-free journey.”
Many members practised the MRC method with their family and friends and achieved amazing results. Several members accomplished their weight reduction goals. Also, MRC enabled people to run for a cause by donating a certain amount per kilometre to organisations like Nanhi Kali.
With MRC, we are running towards a healthier future. What are your fitness goals, and how do you plan to achieve them?