25 Nov Front Runner-Lalith Siyal & Veena Siyal
Front Runners are exceptional individuals who run for the cause of educating children at Bhumi. Every stride they take helps Bhumi support the children with their literacy, numeracy and life skills. Thank you, Front Runners – for taking us forward in this journey of Change.
- Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Lalith Shiyal. I’m a small time businessman. My wife Veena Shiyal and me both are quite passionate about running and fitness.
So we regularly participate in all sorts of running events like 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km all around India. And we have also participated in a few international events at Dubai and Mauritius.
- What made you take up running?
To be honest, the motivation has always been basic fitness and it’s not that we aspire to become athletes or competitive athletes so to say. Just having a basic minimum healthy lifestyle has always been our real motivation.
- What does running mean to you?
Running can put a lot of your limits at test. It tests our patience, it tests our endurance & it also proves our strength. I always feel stronger and more confident at the end of any good run.
- What are the sources of your inspiration, as in what keeps you motivated to keep running?
The people around us act as a big source of motivation for us.
There are lots of people around us who are miles ahead in terms of performance, in terms of achievements, in terms of the things they have done for the running community in and around Bangalore. And we as novices just look up to them, learn from them, and want to be like them.
I am not saying it is easy by any means. It is rather tough. but yes, we try. And we will love to be like them someday.
- So, do you think running should be associated with a cause? And why?
Yes obviously. I feel association of running with a cause makes things more transparent. If we are raising funds, and someone wants to pay, they should clearly know where the money where the money goes.
So I feel associating a cause with a running events helps the organizer, participants and society in general.
- How do you associate Bhumi with the cause you believe in?
Bhumi is associated to the cause of education, and they’re doing a tremendous job around the country. Hats off to all the volunteers and the teams working for the same. I am super proud of knowing them for the short time that we have been associated with them, and I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.