"Greetings from Auroville to all men of good will. Are invited to Auroville all those who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life"
Auroville, also called the City of Dawn, is a universal township located 8 Km north of Puducherry in South India. Founded in 1968 by The Mother, the city aims to be a place where where men and women of various countries can live in peace and harmony, above all creeds, politics and nationalities.
The Mother gave the 4-point charter for Auroville,
- Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
- Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
- Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
- Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.
To know more about Auroville, visit www.auroville.org
In February 2008, we decided to organise a marathon to celebrate the 40 years of the founding of Auroville. A training program was scheduled for the residents of Auroville and surrounding villages. We also invited a few runners from Chennai and Bangalore. The event was called ‘Running the Spiral’. The enthusiastic response from the internal and external participants encouraged us to make it an annual event.
The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards),usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.
Running a marathon is an extreme sport. Extreme self-motivation ensues on a successful completion of the run. But, this also requires long and rigorous disciplined training, effort and focus.Those runners wishing to participate in the event are advised to start preparing for the event now.
Here with are shared the training schedule for the coming marathon and the strengthening exercises that are highly recommended for an injury free run.
Goal of the Auroville marathon is to offer a platform for those who wish to develop in themselves grit, tenacity, plasticity and become runners for the rest of their lives. The run is offered to all in the spirit of the joy of running. The journey to that discovery is arduous, but very rewarding. Let's go hit the trails!
AV Marathon Team