8 September 2013

Boy! Did we show up!!

I had to eat some humble pie this morning. Last week, when 12 Bengalis showed up for our “Chalupa” Sunday morning run, I had a bet with my wife that we will have a steep decline to about half of that number today. Instead, 22 of them showed up today!!! With almost half a century of gap in age between the eldest and the youngest runner!!

In a total coincidence like last time, we had again an even (11-11) split between guys and gals! We had 5 junior runners and 1 decidedly sub-junior in a stroller πŸ™‚ !! We had 6 first timers too!!
Couple of funny incidents to go with the great gathering today:

Before the group showed up, I had gone to put in a few miles by myself. Ran into Heidi and Lara from my old running group. Lara’s first question was “Where is your Bengali group?” !!! That is when I realized that this group has become world famous in Fowler Park πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Second incident happened towards the end of the run. After running with Amitesh for over a mile, I turned around so that I could take pictures of everybody running as I crossed them on my way back. After I was done with pretty much everybody, I could see two bare chested white American young guys running at some distance away towards me. Recognizing it was Tom and Greg from my office, I ran towards them so I could run with them for a few minutes. (They are very fast long distance runners – so I would have been proud of myself if only I could keep up for a few minutes). When they recognized me, they teased me by yelling “Get him. Get him.” One of our group members – Atashi – heard this, lifted her head and saw two guys chasing me (I was couple of steps ahead of them). And she started to panic. As she explained later, she thought I was in big trouble!! We had a great laugh!! πŸ™‚

Ah! Great start to a Sunday morning!!!
Thank you, Chalupa, for SHOWING UP!!!!


Posted September 8, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "Running


  1. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

    Did you guys realize that the veterans of the group – Samaresh, Amitesh and myself inadvertently formed a traffic light today with our T shirts?

  2. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

    Thank you again, Arup, Manas, Amitesh, Samaresh, Malobika, Ashok, Sudipto, Indrani, Sharmila, Baisakhi…..

  3. By Prabir Nandi (Post author) on

    It was good fun. Rajib, finally you have the right recruiters in place. Ektu cha-shingara post run will draw more for sure πŸ™‚

  4. By Arup Dhar (Post author) on

    Amazing to see our next generation. So involved this days with activity. Proud to be the member of morning run group.


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