The sixth edition of Countours Women’s Day Run 2015 will kick-start at Embassy Golf Links, Bangalore on March 8, according to a company statement. Myntra.com is presenting the event in association with Embassy Parks.
Dr. Jagadeesh, Chandra Gopalan, Mike Holland and Bipra Saha.
Contours Women’s Day Run, one of the first Run events in the city was started in 2010. Contours, being India’s largest chain of Women’s gyms realized that a Run would be a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day every year and spread awareness about good health and fitness, through this Run.
Srikanth Pinniti, Vice President (Marketing), Myntra.com, Chandra Gopalan, Director, Contours and Mike Holland, CEO of Embassy Office Parks were present at the press conference. The 2015 Edition will be held at Embassy Golf Links, Intermediate Ring Road – Domlur, Bangalore from 6.30 AM onwards on Sunday.
Chandra Gopalan, Director – Contours India and a Veteran Marathoner said: “The Indian woman faces a lot of challenges. To celebrate her ambitions and achievements, we conduct this Run on International Women’s Day. Through our previous editions we have secured education for 700 under-privileged girl children. This year, we intend to raise money for children of Shristi Special Academy, who have qualified for the Special Olympics. Together, we envision a world where persons with disabilities get unconditional acceptance and care.”
Dr. Jagadeesh, Chandra Gopalan, Mike Holland and Bipra Saha.
Speaking about the alliance, Pinninti said: “We are pleased to partner with Contours for Women’s day run that supports a good cause. At Myntra, health and fitness is an important category, with women increasingly driving this segment. We will continue to associate with such initiatives that encourage women to lead a healthy lifestyle and look good.”
Holland pointed out: “We are delighted to support the Contour’s Women’s Day Run and the children of the Shristi Special Academy. This run is an integral part of our Women’s Day celebrations and part of our ongoing commitment to bring together our business park communities and build awareness for important social and community programmes.”
Dr. PC Jagadeesh, Consultant Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, said: “We are glad to be associated with Contours Women’s Day Run and whether you’re just getting started or training for a marathon, the key is to gradually increase the amount of running you do. If you plan it right, you hardly notice the increases. It is true that exercise in moderation can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, dementia, obesity, and premature aging. Regular workouts can also promote muscular health, skeletal health, and boost your mood. Overdo it, though, and many of these health benefits practically vanish.”
Women from the Embassy Office Parks senior management including Hemalatha Nair, Head of Marketing and Communication and Maria Rajesh, Head of Human Resources, Embassy Office Parks would be taking active part at the event, further bolstering the message that the event carries. The funds raised from the Contours Women’s Day Run will be used for Shristi Special Academy, who in collaboration with Special Olympics Bharat is training and grooming persons with disabilities (PWDs) for the Special Olympics at Los Angeles, to envision a world where persons with disabilities receive unconditional acceptance, support and care.
Contours is setting up a special fund for a team of boys with disabilities, who have qualified for the special Olympics. The funds will be routed through Shristi Special Academy. Fortis Hospitals will also be supporting the 6th Edition of Contours Women’s day Run, with Fever 104 FM being the Radio partner. For more details on the run – click2race.com/Registereventid=cwdr_2015
Contours India is India’s first International chain of Women only gyms. Known worldwide as Contours Express, this chain has grown to 750 gyms worldwide with over 200000 women members. In India, Contours India has grown to seven fitness studios in a span of 4 years. Contours India has also bought to India a new wave in Women’s fitness called Cardio Fit circuit training. It is a specialized training for women and all it requires is 29 minutes per day, four times a week to get fit, healthy and to lose weight. All the machines here are specially designed for women. In short, it is a Fitness concept run by women for women. So, no matter if a woman is fat, thin, young or old, she can work out without inhibitions at any time of the day. Contours India believes that women of all ages must be encouraged to exercise comfortably, as the workout is fast, fun and friendly.
Myntra.com is among the leading e-commerce platforms in India for fashion and lifestyle products. Myntra has partnered with over 1000 leading fashion and lifestyle brands in the country such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, Lee, Levis, Wrangler, Arrow, Jealous 21, Diesel, CAT, Timberland, US Polo, FabIndia, Biba and many more to offer a wide range in latest branded fashion and lifestyle wear. The platform receives over 90 million visits every month and services over 9,000 pin codes across the country. With the largest in-season product catalogue, 100% authentic products, Cash On Delivery and 30-day Exchange/Return policy, Myntra.com is today the preferred shopping destination in India.
Embassy Office Parks is the leading private owner and operator of world-class business parks in India. Embassy Office Parks is a joint venture between Bangalore based Embassy Group, India’s leading commercial property developer and the Blackstone Group L.P. (“Blackstone”). Embassy Office Parks provides a business ecosystem that is people-focused and enhances productivity through a vibrant and emotionally involved workforce following the best of global standards. Embassy Office Parks are designed to achieve superior productivity levels across all core audiences. With over 100 clients, and several large multinationals situated at these parks, Embassy Office Parks is a pioneer in the leasing model for commercial space as well as developing integrated office parks across the country. Comprising more than 15 million sq ft of commercial space, the Embassy Office Parks portfolio includes business parks in Bangalore such as Embassy TechVillage, Embassy GolfLinks and Embassy Manyata Business Park, as well as Embassy TechZone in Pune.
Shristi Special Academy is committed to engage, enable and empower persons with Disabilities of all ages from birth onwards. Shristi provides a comprehensive and holistic therapeutic habilitation intervention which includes Special education, Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, parent counselling along with nutrition and transportation facilities. An unique program which adds value is running program. For the first time in the history of Special Olympics Bharat, Five of Shristi’s Special Olympians have made Shristi ,Karnataka and the country proud by participating in the 5km,10km and 21km runs .Events which were conducted for the first time. In the coming years Shristi is committed to spreading awareness and training many more persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and Multiple Disabilities from several special schooled in long distance running with the help of runners High and Contours India.
Contours was launched in India in late 2006 with an aim to help women achieve their health and fitness goals, through their unique cardio fit Circuit training system. In India Contours gyms are located in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Vadodara, Vijayawada and Punjab. Worldwide, Contours has 750 health and fitness studios across 32 countries . They are rated #2 in women’s fitness internationally.
The Contour product features women only, hygienic studios with caring service that has provided great results . They provide a fun, friendly environment where people of all ages can improve the way they look and more importantly the way they feel about themselves. The unique circuit training system has equipments specifically designed for women. They combine strength training machines with aerobic stations. The structured workout enables members to increase their metabolism and lean muscle mass, resulting in loss of body fat and body weight in a fast, friendly and quick way. Body in Harmony India Pvt Ltd holds the franchising rights for Contours in India.
Directors, Chandra Gopalan and Stephen Dance, are both veteran marathon runners. Between them, they have more than 30 marathons and ultra marathons under their belt. Chandra was in the Airline business while Steve was in the hospitality industry. Most recently, Chandra successfully completed a 24 hour Ultra marathon , covering 126 kilometers. Their common passion for Fitness is instrumental in bringing them together towards setting up Contours studios and their subsequent success in India.