Cynthia, the Operations Manager at EVC Ventures, suffers from Cerebellar Ataxia and to create more awareness about the disorder, EVC organized its first 3k marathon. Out of 350 odd employees, around 30 volunteered to participate in the run after Friday’s shift between 6 am and 9 am. It was a pleasant morning with a gentle breeze and the sun not yet out in all its glory which made it an ideal day for putting on the running shoes. The “track” was a non-decrepit parking area 750 m in length and we had to finish four laps to finish with the marathon.
Cerebellar Ataxia according to healthline.com is the inflammation or damage to the cerebellum which results in a disorder. The cerebellum is an area as a part of the brain that controls gait and muscle coordination and Ataxia refers to the lack of control of the voluntary movements.
There was a time not too long ago when I ran 5.2 km in 30 minutes and I haven’t run since the last four years though. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to finish not too far behind the winner who took all of 13 minutes and 2 seconds. I managed to finish it in 15 minutes without stopping to catch my breath.
The event was organized really well by the company by taking into account several factors such as stray dogs, refreshments, adequate water supply, volunteers, peppy music to keep everyone on their “toes” to name a few. I have proudly displayed the certificate of completion on my desk as a reminder of the run that went by and the management’s announcement still ringing in the ear that we would have it on an even bigger scale with sponsors come November. I need to start practising for a half marathon now…