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Land of Legends Marathon

INA Marathon, Land Of Legends Marathon

The INA - Land of Legends Marathon is the first of its kind run , to be held adjacent to the India Naval Academy , in Ezhimala. Participants , coming from all over India , Civilians, Armed forces personel alike , will participate in this historic event , on the 3rd of December !
The INA marathon will be a national event where the grandeur and glory of INA will be showcased to the participants. The main aims of the event are:-
(a) To motivate the youth of schools and colleges of north Kerala and south Karnataka to take up Indian Navy as a career through INA.
(b) To showcase the majestic Campus and glorious history of Ezhimala and provide a glimpse of INA to avid runners from all walks of life. Only Indian nationals would be permitted to participate initially, with participation by foreign runners being considered in later editions.
(c) To provide serving and retired Armed Forces personnel from across the country an event to reconnect.



3 km Walk-Run
5 km Walk-Run
10 km and 21 km races (competitive)
All finishers get medals.
"Timing chip optional for 10k and 21k"
"winners determined by timing chip"


05.45 AM: Flag-Off for the 21 Km
6:15 AM : 10 Km
06.45 AM: Start for 3K and 5K
7:30 AM onwards, Post run festivities
Reporting time 01 hr before flag off.


Click here for google map location of the run Address : Ezhimala, Kannur, Kerala 670310
Click here for info on how to get to INA Ezhimala



INA Marathon, Land Of Legends Marathon

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How to get there

The Indian Naval Academy (INA), being a heavily guarded and prestigious Military establishment , is situated at Ezhimala , Kannur district , in Kerala. It has a huge area on the coast of about 2500 acres.
Click here for the Google link of Indian Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala.
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By Air

Nearest Airport is located in Manglore ( Bajpe Airport , station code IXE ) is approximately 110 KM from Indian Naval Academy (INA). Flights of Indigo, Spicejet and Jet Airways direct from Mumbai and Bangalore ! Other nearest airport is Kozikode ( erstwhile Calicut ) about 150KM south of the academy. Both Manglore and Kozikode are well connected with Payyanur( the nearest railway station,10 Km from INA) by road and rail.

By rail

The nearest railway station is payyanur , a town located around 10 KM from Indian Naval Academy (INA). Direct trains from Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Pune. It is linked to Mumbai , and a number of major cities in the western , central and northern India via the Konakn Railway.
Another railway station is Kannur ( 35KM from INA ) , at which , most of the popular trains take a halt.



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INA Marathon, Land Of Legends Marathon


This young veteran of 54 started his running career from a "big" small half marathon somewhere way back in 2005 with the "Hutch Delhi Half Marathon" when the 'running culture' was just about stepping onto the roads of India ; starting from metros like Delhi which made some commercial sense for the sponsors, who had nothing to do with any of the sports, let alone running Marathons, which are taken as a punishment by most people. Notwithstanding, a beginning had been made with a "Leap of faith" in a dark deep well of hope, not knowing the outcome. Perhaps, some such leaps are required in life to make freshening start. With no idea of what rig to wear for the race, what type of shoes to wear, what type of training to undertake and what type of diet to consume, the training started and finally one day the body simply came to a halt after running 12 km approx, (No GPS aided apps or watches those days, smartphones still not around in India.) The body simply got seized as if due to a "Hydraulic Failure" where in all moving surfaces of a craft simply maintain Status Quo Ante with no movements permitted in any direction. With this "achievement" to my credit and a lot of prayers to god, I launched myself in my first ever Half Marathon in New Delhi in 2005. The gods were indeed very kind to me despite I being an opportunistic believer, and the result was that I was awarded with a very hope giving run of 1 h 48 minutes. Thus started my long journey of long Runs.

INA Marathon, Land Of Legends Marathon


My achievements :
1. Second athlete in the world to run toughest ultra marathon on the planet i.e Badwater 135 miles and to summit Mt Everest. Info released by Adventure Corps U.S.A
2. First Defence Civilian in all three Armed Forces of the country to summit Mt Everest, also Second summitter of Mt Everest after 52 years.
3. Second and Fastest Indian to finish World Toughest Ultra Marathon Badwater 135 miles in July 16 in 40hrs 47 mins.
4. Asian record for running on treadmill for 24 Hours, clocking a distance of 196.64 kms in the process. This event was organised by Jaipur Marathon, January 2015. This achievement has been recognised by the Limca Book India of Records.
5. Broke Asian record for running on treadmill for 24 Hours, clocking a distance of 202.5 kms in the process. This event was organised by Jaipur Marathon, January 2017. This achievement has been recognised by the Limca Book India of Records.

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15 Full Marathons
40+ Half Marathons
Personal best FM 3:23, HM 1;32
Qualified for Boston Marathon at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017.
Around the age of 40 I realise that these all I could do physically, just go on the road and start running and all thats how it all started in 2010. It was a in chandigarh.
I started with tha half marathon before all that I run was a 5 KM and since then I have been running all across the country run around 15 Full Marathons and then about 40+ Half Marathons.

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Running is my religion, ever run is my prayer, every event is my pilgrimage....... Through running I have been able to step out of my comfort zone and transcend limits of mind and body, every moment becoming the best version of what I can ever be, and the process is on.... every run takes me closer to live my life to the fullest!, I actually enjoy every moment of my run and my life as well! I have always enjoyed participating in events conducted by RunBuddies.Club, They are an awesome team, great arrangements, fantastic, beautiful locales and overall enjoyable experiences.

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