Anik Raheja, who is 35 years old, is an avid weight lifter and passionate runner. Besides running many marathons and other long distance events in past few years, he has been associated with 41 events as an ‘Ambassador’, 43 events as an ‘Official Pacer’, as ‘Face of the Event’ for three events, six events as ‘Pacers Coordinator’, two events as ‘Motivator Runner’ and two events as an ‘Event Instigator’. He has done the highest number of pacing assignments in India with a fine accuracy rate, and now does selection and mentoring of other pacers too.
Founder and Director, More Healthy Souls :
More Healthy Souls is an organization which creates awareness about healthy living by conducting fitness events and also works as an assistance to help people overcome drug addictions. It manages Jalandhar Running and Cycling Club, Kapurthala Running and Cycling Club, Phagwara Running and Cycling Club, Nakoder Running and Cycling Club etc.
Founder and President, RBAI :
RBAI stands for Runners and Bikers Association of India, it was formed to deal with the issues either on the part of organizer or participant. It has successfully sorted out several cases and helped many runners get their deserving prize.
Other Roles :
- Punjab Half Marathon, October 2018
- Punjab Half Marathon, January 2019
- Hoshiarpur Ride and Run, 2019
- Dehradun Half Marathon, 2019
- Punjab Half Marathon, February 2020
- Daily World Marathon, 2020 (To be held)
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At the young age of 64, today, Mr. Chawla has run 130 half marathons in addition to several full marathons and ultra marathons. He started losing vision at age of 13 and unfortunately lost all his vision at the age of 40. However this limitation didn't sap his courage and he started running long distance in 2004. He is the only blind person in India to run 100+ half marathons. He has also become the only 60+ year old blind person in the world to run 100+ half marathons. Despite being visually impaired, he has run in most Indian states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, and so on. He is also the only blind person to complete 160-km run/walk from Mumbai-Pune.
Apart from running, Mr. Chawla has also done trekking and mountaineering. He has explored half of Sahyadris, some Himalayas, and done some treks in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Goa. The biggest and longest achievement was when he went to Kailash Parikrama Yatra in 2009. It was a tough one with extremely narrow and challenging patches at some places. 2-4 ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force) jawans escorted him throughout his Trek on the Tibet side.
GOALS (in his own words):
● I have plans of running at least 151 Half Marathons and the same number of 10km Road Races in coming years.
● If I get appropriate escorts and enough sponsorship, I wish to climb many higher peaks/Summits of the World.
● I wish to do sky diving and paragliding when I get proper reference.
By doing all this, I want to make records and set an example for people that Visually Impaired are no less than the “Normal” people.
If you wish to contact him, please reach out at +91-9821362022 or on FB at https://www.facebook.com/amarjeet.s.chawla.5
In this episode, conversation with an old friend Rahul Agrawal and his wife Radha Agrawal.
Rahul Agrawal, 48, a logistics professional for the past 25 years, is a devoted and passionate runner since 2007. For him challenges are a part and parcel of life, which are to be faced with grit and an unyielding strength. Rahul has done several half and full marathons, 12 hr, 24 hr and 100K run across India. He has been pacer and a brand ambassador in multiple events as well. His zeal for running nudges him to constantly motivate people to take up marathon as a lifestyle change for both physical and mental well-being. For Rahul, running is the biggest stress-buster. It is a kind of Nirvana to him.
Radha Agrawal, is a runner, cyclist and nutrition expert. In addition to running several half and full marathons, she has completed 200, 300 and 400 Km Cycling. A sports and fitness enthusiast for years, she has converted her passion into profession. She has established En Forme, a personal health and wellness clinic. She also conducts various fitness workshops and corporate training programs.
In this episode, I am talking with Coach Kay, who is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, race director, ultramarathon running coach, fitness consultant, motivational speaker, a blogger and of course a good Samaritan with a heart of gold.
Over the years, he has completed over 50 marathons and couple dozen Ultra marathons, some at blazingly fast speeds. He also trains and mentors many athletes and continues to do so through multiple initiatives through his Kaysfit Academy.
Bio: Kannan Sundararajan, also known as Coach Kay was born and grew up in the Ooty, Tamil Nadu in India. Since childhood, he was interested in athletics and as years had passed he had developed a passion for sports, staying active and energetic. He has a deep love for endurance running & coaching.
With a Mechanical Engineering degree, Kay is also a certified project manager, agile scrum master and a Lean Six-Sigma black belt holder. He has played a wide range of leadership roles in several multinational companies including Parametric Technology Corporation and Siemens Industry Software.
Kay is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, race director, ultramarathon running coach, fitness consultant, and motivational speaker.
He started OOTYULTRA marathon in 2018 and the first edition of this event had attracted over 278 runners across 10 different Indian states and few international runners and the 2019 edition had 717 runners. OOTYULTRA offers 90k (only by invitation), 60k, 30k and 15k distance categories to runners with a varying level of running interests and capabilities.
He also launched Bison Ultra , an exclusive trail run, in Yercaud.
Kay is also the founding partner for BAMA (Badminton Masters) a premium badminton tournament conducted in Bangalore on Feb 2018, which brought many talented top veteran Indian and a few international badminton players.
He has founded "Reconstruct the running foundation" which a carefully designed program for beginners to experienced marathon/ultramarathon runners. More information is available at Reconstruct the Running Foundation
Sushil Bhasin is an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, and a world record holder. At a ripe age of 60, when people are just retiring to lay back and laze away the remaining life, Sushil decided that a couple of decades of diabetes, a single kidney by birth (which is also operated upon) and a hitherto lack of physical activeness is not going to stand in the way of him in changing his lifestyle.
From then to being the first Indian in his age category to professionally compete and finish 100k, 100 Miles, 200 Miles, and 300 Miles Sushil is unstoppable. Based out of Bangalore, India, Sushil manages multiple businesses including Bhasin International, Bhasinsoft India Ltd., BS Talent Solutions Pvt. Ltd, and Bhasin Sports.
His Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/sushilkumarbhasinofficial and Bhasin Sports website is https://www.bhasinsports.com
Bharti Barodia is an Entrepreneur dealing in Fitness machines and sports infrastructure and a triathlete residing in Indore, India. She has been actively involved with endurance sports like running, cycling, and swimming for many years now.
She was the first female athlete from Central India to finish the “Half Iron Man" event which comprises 1.8Km of swimming, 90 Km of cycling, and 21 Km of running. She has also run various full and half marathons across India and has cycled thousands of kilometers in the past several years. She is actively involved in promoting exercise and running for the masses to achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle.
She can be reach through her FB page at https://www.facebook.com/bharti9
Vivek Singhal is an IT entrepreneur and a seasoned runner from Indore, India. He was probably the first one from Indore to participate in Mumbai marathon in 2008. He has run in places like Satara, Auroville, Leh, Singapore, Melbourne. He is one of the few Indians to go to Two Oceans 56 km run in South Africa in 2014 and later where he was the flag-bearer from India for three consecutive years. He has also done Comrades run which is a 90 km marathon, back to back in 2015 and 2016. He is a cyclist as well and has done Manali to Leh and Guwahati to Tawang cycle expeditions.
According to Vivek, "Running an IT company takes me traveling around the world which gave me an opportunity to run on all the continents practically with some lovely stretches like The Great Ocean Road in Melbourne or in the deserts of Namibia, or mountains of Cremia erstwhile Ukraine, or the mud tracks of the Running Village in Adis Ethiopia. Running was always a fun and meditative activity for me, so I never ran for personal best ever and took big breaks from running in between, that prevented injuries of any kind."
In this series of Podcasts, Ashish will talk to various athletes in this field about their experience, their journey, and motivation to dig out inspiration for us all.
Using this podcast, Ashish will also reach out to various event organizers and race directors to talk about their vision and experiences in organizing such events and how they see the post-pandemic world of such events.
Stay tuned and get ready for the first interview coming in a few days.
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