Lt Col Sundaresan R (retd) has successfully completed his mission of running 50 Full marathons (42.2 kms) in 50 consecutive weeks over 50 locations/routes. The Theme of his mission was “RUN WITH A SOLDIER RUN FOR A SOLDIER”. He started his journey on 11 Dec 2016 at Vasai Virar Full marathon and ran his 50th Marathon in this series on 19 Nov 2017 in the Indian Navy marathon in Mumbai. On 20th Nov he celebrated his 50th birthday.
Throughout his journey, spread over 23 states and UTs, he addressed corporate offices, educational institutions and running clubs spreading awareness about the Indian Army, Physical fitness, Marathons and Ultramarathons and his present mission of 50 Marathons. In the process he raised approximately 27 lakhs for families of martyred Soldiers.
The Indian Army Officer has served for 23 years in the Army in places like Poonch, Siachen Glacier, Doda, Srinagar, Nathu La etc. He has also worked in corporate offices for four years before taking on this mission.
He had started running marathons after 40 years of age. He is also a qualified marathon trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine. He has run in many marathons and ultramarathons events including the tough COMRADES ultramarathon in South Africa in May 2016, covering a distance of 89 kms over five mountains. He completed the course in 11 hours 52 minutes.
During the entire mission of 50 Marathons, he had his share of challenges and setbacks, which he overcame to successfully complete the undertaken task. In the past 50 weeks, he has run in places like Kargil, Shimla, Sikkim, Guwahati, Manipur, Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Patiala, Amritsar, Dehradun, Kochi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pondicherry, Gurgaon, Mumbai etc.
He has given a Tedx Talk in Mumbai on the subject “At a Crossroads”. He also addresses corporate houses, educational institutions and running clubs about his journey of 50 marathons to include the plan, conduct, setbacks and challenges, lessons learnt and a few comparative data. He has already spoken in companies like L&T, RIL, Essar, Global group, Innovsource etc. He was also the Lead Speaker in the “National Conference on Physical Education, Sports Science and Active Lifestyle” at Pune.
He was awarded the Most Inspirational Runner of 2017 Award