Backpacking will only get you so far in experiencing a city. The real way to experience a city is to run in one of the major events. The best way to experience a city is to inter-mingle with its people. And events like the ones mentioned below bring out people from all walks of life. You get to meet celebs, politicians, and billionaires. You get to make new friends. And you get to test your endurance against some of the world's best runners. If you're a runner and would like to challenge yourself while in India, here is the schedule for various major running events this year(2016): The Bengaluru Marathon - 16th Oct 2016 - Bengaluru - Full, Half, 5k Pune Running Beyond Run - 16th Oct 2016 - Pune - Full, Half, 10k, 5k, 3k Celebrations Run - 23rd Oct 2016 - Mumbai - 10k Cancer Charity Run - 23rd Oct 2016 - Bengaluru - 10k Goa Beachathalon - 12th Nov 2016 - Goa - 10k, 5k The Hindustan Times Triathalon - 13th Nov 2016 - Mumbai - Triathalon The Beer Mile Run - 20th November - Bengaluru - Drinking beer and running 1k Airtel Delhi Half Marathon - 20th November - Delhi - Half, 6k Airtel Run for Education - 27th Nov 2016 - Kolkata - 10k, 5k The Pink City Ultra Run - 27th Nov 2016 - Jaipur- Ultra only Bangalore Midnight Marathon - 10th Dec 2016 - Bengaluru - Full, Half, 10k, 5k The Wipro Chennai Marathon - 11th Dec 2016 - Chennai - Full, Half, 10k The Tata Steel Kolkata 25k - 18th Dec 2016 - Kolkata - 25k 10k, 5k, 2k Run for Eye Donation Awareness - 25th Dec 2016 - Mumbai - 10k, 5k, 2k Christmas Run - 25th Dec 2016 - Bengaluru - 10k, 5k, 3k These are the major ones this year. Please add to them, if you feel I left out any other major running event. Mumbai Marathon - 15th January, 2017 - The Holy Grail of Marathons This is especially true of an event that's coming up in January, 2017. The Standard Chartered Marathon or what is called THE Mumbai Marathon is a major major event. And the only way to gain entry is by getting a timing certificate from a previous marathon/ running event. Athletes from around the world will descend upon Mumbai for this event. Register and test yourself against the best in the world! * All events mentioned above have their own individual websites. Some get a new website every year, which is why I haven't included links.