Runner Profiles

Interviews with featured runners

Luck by Chance- An unexpected tryst with Pat Farmer

It was one of those normal evenings, when my editor casually asked me to have a look at a piece of news covered on the website which I work for. The title caught my attention instantly as it read “ Marathon man Pat Farmer to run from Kanyakumari to Kashmir”. “Wow! What a guy”, I thought as I read the article with great enthusiasm. He was a former member of the parliament who had undertaken this robust task to raise…

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Perks of running marathons no one told you about by Dr. Vandana Rajesh

PERKS OF RUNNING MARATHONS NO ONE TOLD YOU ABOUT I started training for running half marathons in 2011, mostly due to lack of challenges in life- which any crazy type A mum of crazier two year old type A twins (I’m sure about this one!) would understand!! My existence had gone from being a fulfilled medical professional to a 24 hour dairy farm and a sleep deprived nut farm! And the benefits of pounding the streets at 5 AM to…

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Anchal Mundkur

She’s the PYT with the SUV. Besides being a consistent runner over the years, Anchal also volunteers regularly on our Bandra NCPA runs. Those who know her would say that she runs hard and parties harder. MRR caught up with Anchal to get a brief insight into her running world. 1. How did your initiation into running happen? And when? About 4 years ago, I would see these super fit people running at all times of the day, in the streets and…

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Ashok Someshwar

    How did your initiation into running happen? And when? I was always interested in outdoor sports, but could not follow any sports early in life due to family finances and consequently the focus being only education. I grew up in a modest one room tenement in the housing board colony of Tilak Nagar, Chembur. However whenever schools used to shut for vacations,   I along with my building boys used to run a couple of kilometres early morning. Later…

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Khushru Patel

How did your initiation into running happen? And when?                                                 When I was 47 years old a friend’s son brought me a form for a race which was to happen within 10 days.  The distance was 10 Kmts.   He made me sign the form and he got me my race bib etc.  I came 10th in that veteran race and the prize money I got was Rs.100/-.  This is what gave me the incentive to get into serious running.  All this…

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Dr. Nipa Diwanji Sheth

Time to say good bye to our beloved Runner, Dentist and excellent Dancer. Sadly this was her last MRR run with us as a runner and volunteer. She’s headed back to the States and we wish her all the best. So here’s to Nipa! 1. How did your initiation into running happen? And when? I started to run in 2004 following the birth of my first child, a daughter. While I was in California, I was the President of a non profit…

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Giles Drego

May, typically an offseason period for all us runners. The heat and humidity in Mumbai is what most of us describe as killing. Most of us get into maintenance mode and run minimal distances just to keep our fitness levels in check. However there are some runners who look upon this month as a challenge. They throw aside all reasoning and log phenomenal mileages. Well, 512.23kms to be precise. Meet Giles Drego, a runner and coach who needs no introduction.…

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Interview with Andrea Reinsmoen Stadler by Rupal Shah

Interview with Andrea Reinsmoen Stadler (interview taken by Rupal Shah) 1. How did your initiation into running happen? And when? Andrea: For so long I swore I would avoid running because of all the sports I thought it was as boring as playing golf. I started running to complete triathlons. It wasn’t my favorite sport. In Dubai I met a running group and tried to do a marathon, while I did the first 21km in 1:40, I didn’t finish until…

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Babu Ramaswamy – The traveller on the Run – They Inspire

” My only aim is to run long till the last sunday of my life ” He is one of the most busiest professional, his air travel mileages are more than of our PM Narendra modi but lesser than Prathibha patil the expresident , he travels 4 days a week. He works with CISCO in senior position . Very close friend and weekend long run partner. He is part of the prestigious SHLOKA team . He plays almost all the…

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Chitra Nitin Nadkarni

If you are running in Bandra in the morning, chances are you will run into a woman who sports long hair and runs very hard. Chitra Nitin Nadkarni’s return to running – she was a sprinter in her youth days – has given her due rewards. She finished among the top three in her age category in Goa and Hyderabad half marathons. Encouraged by her husband and daughter, Chitra ran her first half marathon in her 50th year. She shares…

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