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‘rickshaw run’ from Kochi to Sikkim
Gangtok, Mar 28 Agencies)
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Published on 29 Mar. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Here’s to real adventure. The third edition of the Rickshaw Run is back and flags off from Kochi to Sikkim. The number of teams participating this time has jumped to 70 and Thomas Morgan, founder of ‘The Adventurists’, a UK company based in Bristol, that conducts the run informs that the adventure is sold out online, “in 30 seconds flat.”
As the event gets more and more popular it is now held three times a year and Kochi is a very popular halt. “We have our branch office in Kochi and that’s why we have our launches here. Everybody enjoys being here,” says Thomas.
The rules of The Rickshaw Run are simple. The distance (Kochi to Sikkim) has to be covered in two weeks and the teams can choose their own routes. After a Finish Line party, which the company organises, the teams can look forward to the next leg which is Sikkim to Jaisalmer.
Among the teams there is a one- woman team who is handling her autorickshaw all by herself. Another team is one that had participated earlier and this time has brought their parents to be another team.
There are many teams from Europe. At an earlier run, there was a team from Mumbai and there have been NRI teams who have participated .
“The thrill is infectious,” says a participant looking around at the group of adventurers getting their vehicles ready to kick-start.
Mathew Dickens, director of the India branch of the company, who is busy handing out forms, rules and answering queries from the participants informs that each team has to raise 1,000 pounds. This money is handed over to the charity by the team themselves. The entry fee for the race is 895 pounds which goes towards the general running of the event.
Each event raises a substantial amount which goes to a charity. This time it is the FRANK Water Charity which provides fresh water stations in Andhra Pradesh.
The teams can be a single member one or a maximum of four. “One is tiring and four is uncomfortable,” jokes Thomas adding that for travellers this is one of the best ways to see India- “to see how friendly and welcoming it is.”
The Rickshaw Run hopes to return next year to Kochi by the same time and as the autos revv up their engines, a participant says that he looks forward to ride in Kochi as it has one of the most polite traffics in the country.

 
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