By Reena Pillai
Nandi Hillathon has definitely left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of the people. Many were more than happy to express and share their thoughts and emotions. Given below are short and surreal experiences narrated by participants.
Champion of 21 K Marathon (Women's category), Divya Vasishta quality director at an MNC
"I've been running for three years now. I participate 12 to 15 such events in a year. Recently, I had switched to hill running. And Nandi hills is a big attraction when people are looking to train on the hills. That is one reason I registered for this marathon. Being the first edition, it well organised and the overall experience was very good. The entire ambiance was relaxed and fun and I did not experience any stress. I felt great winning the Champion trophy. In my age category this is my 20th win and in the open category my third win".
Champion of 21K Marathon (men’s category) Rahul B who works for the Railways
"Needless to say, I'm ecstatic with the win. I've been running marathons for the past 8 years all over India. And this was definitely one of the best organised marathons. The arrangements were excellent; they were hydration points at regular intervals along with energy drinks and fruits. The sight of police personnel at various points was very comforting and thankfully we didn’t have to worry about the traffic. The best past was running along the scenic route and it was literally breathtaking! This is definitely one of the most memorable runs in my life".
Nicole Faria, Miss Earth 2010, professional model and actress
"Walking through the historical spots with the backdrop of Nandi Hills was truly an enriching experience. It was amazing to witness local community participating with such enthusiasm. Wishing Nandi Hillathon all the success in years to come".
"Around 15 transgender participated in the Nandi Heritage Walk. We enjoyed the Walkathon tremendously. This is the first time we are invited to be part of a public event of this scale. It was a wonderful feeling and we enjoyed a good rapport with everyone. It isn’t an understatement if I say that this was the best experience in our lives. I think if we continue to participate in such events we can learn many more things".
H.N Sreedhara, Auditor with the Indian Air Force
"It was a very good experience, the arrangements were excellent. We hope we get to participate in many more walkathons like this".
Usha C J, Working with Accenture Services Pvt Ltd
"It was a wow experience. It was inspiring looking at so many energetic people. It was like lying on the lap of nature and the surge of emotions I felt during the walk was amazing".
Manoj Kumar K, Working with Accenture Services Pvt Ltd
"It was very well organised and the venue selected was very good. Though it was a short walk, the scenic view was very good. Looking forward to more such events".
Prashanth Prakash, Chairman United Way Bengaluru
"Nandi Hillathon was organized to bring back the focus to one of the last treasures of Bengaluru that we have i.e Nandi Hills. We wanted to protect this large and last treasure and do it in an eco-friendly way. We want to show the way when it comes to Nandi Hills. So we are calling this 5 kilometer radius the Nandi Heritage Valley. We will protect this differently".