This is intended for folks who want to be a part of this event but are not seriously into running yet. The best part about this event is that anyone can be a part of it. You simply need to have the will and desire for it.
As quoted above, in middle and long distance running, discipline of training neutralises the genetic benefits someone would have had. In sprinting it matters what gene pool did you have access to and what you got but in distances of cross-country running, your results will show what you have been doing. Also, since we are only doing 5 kms and that too as a team format, even students who pick up running slightly later, have a good chance of not only representing their institutions but even winning at a national. Even if you don't get in the team in the very first year, you could in the second year. Yes, it does need hard work.
For now simply follow the training plan shared here for month one.