30 Aug Front Runner – Satish Gujaran
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.
1) Tell us a little about yourself
Running and Satish Gujaran are synonymous to each other. With each run, I discovered something new about running, life and myself.
I am the co-founder of RunWithSatish and presently working at Network Twenty-one as Business Development Manager.
In my 15 years of running, I have finished 25 Ultra Marathon, 29 Full Marathon, 29 Half Marathon. I am also the first Indian to finish 10 consecutive Comrades marathon and awarded Green number by Comrades Marathon Association at Comrades Marathon’2019
2) What made you take up running?
I was never really inclined towards sports although occasionally I did enjoy playing a game of badminton or cricket. In fact,my lifestyle was far from healthy. I was a chain smoker and like any other smoker, had tried many ways to stop.
One day my friend Dereck, who is an avid runner, coaxed me to start running in order to get rid of this harmful habit. As I started running on a regular basis, I began to enjoy it. But even after regularly running it was difficult for me to finish my first 21 km half marathon. The determination to accomplish this was the turning point in my life.
Post that I never stopped running. Eventually running consistently and attending the Inner Engineering Course of Isha Foundation, helped me quit smoking and thereafter started my multiple feats in the running array.
Instead of traveling by bus / train or flight to participate in any marathon, I prefer running to the marathon venues. I ran from Mumbai to Surat & participated in the Surat marathon, Vashi to Satara and then ran the Satara marathon, Pune to Aurangabad to run Aurangabad marathon and Nasik to Shirdi to run the Shirdi International Marathon.
3) What does running mean to you?
Running is a way of life. Everything revolves around running for me. It doesn’t mean that I am obsessed with running. It’s like a guide to my daily life. Running gives me confidence & positivity to face any problems in life. It also helps me to plan my day/week in advance.
4) What is the source of your inspiration? What keeps to motivated to continue running ?
Achievements of my friends in the running circle inspires me to do more every day!
New runners sharing that they are motivated by my achievements drives me to accomplish my best.
The fact that most of the times I am more energetic & have the will to perform better than my juniors, is also great motivation for me to always keep pushing harder.
5) Do you think running should be associated with a cause ? Why ?
Well usually we run for ourselves, for our happiness but if we can run for a cause and raise funds or awareness through this then that’s really very rewarding. It adds more to our experience and helps us to get attached to a cause of our choice.
6) How do you associate Bhumi with the cause you believe in ?
I always look forward to run for a great cause.Bhumi is doing some great work for the education of underprivileged children & if my association can help them build it further, then why not?