Marathoner friendly

Two years back during those early morning (3:45 am types) marathon practices that I used to go for, I was always holding on to my life. Though Chennai lacks a night life, the stray dogs here don’t. Given to me, I think they only have night life. A very scary one. I could never imagine running inside the city without stray dogs chasing me. Every time I spotted a pack of dogs in a street, I would take a break, a new route and curse under my lips.

The other option was to run on a national highway, which thankfully wasn’t haunted by stray dogs, like the ECR. But then again, the lorry drivers and bus drivers wouldn’t stop to take a second look at your dead body after they have run over you. Times were certainly difficult for us, marathoners, then.

But things have certainly changed a lot. I kick-started my Ultra Marathon B’lore, practice a few days back and I have noticed positive changes. Firstly, there are fewer dogs. Way fewer than what used to be back then. Credits go to the municipality corporation. Secondly, the drivers are more friendly. The bus drivers are no longer rash in the wee hours of morning. A couple of them honked gently and overtook me properly, instead of choosing the more time efficient path, running over me. A few car drivers even stopped at crossings to let me pass.

It is a bliss to run in such conditions. All one can hope is that the organizers behind Chennai Marathon 2007, don’t fumble it up again and conduct the marathon before this year ends.

4 Comments so far

  1. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:58 am

    wow, for a change im getting to see positive things in chennai from your post, which makes me a happy man. :-)


  2. Giridhar (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    is this for real?? cant believe


  3. nk (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

    there r a few packs of dogs on the street behind our house. why wait till 3.45 am, by the time its 10.30 pm…. theses hounds rule the roads. once my hubby & his frnd were coming home frm the late movie show…. they were driving a powerful bike. unfortunately they had to take this back road….. these dogs are so unmindful whether u r on a bike or not… they charge at you in packs at top speed…no amt of honking helps cos they are fearless. i think we are more scared of them.
    i am not saying that the corporation shd kill these dogs cos they are still living beings… but maybe if they can neuter them…. things wud be different.

    god bless ur soul for how u survived those yrs running on foot. we found it difficult by bike.


  4. ds (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    Chennai has got the more stray dogs.. really its difficult to walk in the streets of chennai especially in the night. We can’t wholly blame the Municipality. Blue cross is the one which stops this.
    If it continues like this only animals will live in chennai not human beings.



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