Raj Vadgama set to complete 10,000 km on 26th January as a part of Bharathon, one India running mission
The first Indian to accomplish the important milestone of 9,000 km, by running 83 kms per day across the country in 151 days
Mumbai, 14th January 2015: One man, one mission, the first Indian, Raj Vadgama is all set to complete 10,000 km on republic day by running over 40 cities in the four corners of the country.
Raj’s Bharathon mission started from Gateway of India in Mumbai on August 15, 2014 and covered 9000km reaching NCPA, Nariman Point at 8:30 am today. Raj will touch its ultimate 10000th km mark on the Indian Republic Day of 2015. His journey included Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Ladakh, Punjab, Haryana, UP, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Kanyakumari, Mumbai, Pune and a few more states by running 83 kms every day.
Dream- to get Indian running! Through this pan India run, Raj wants to reach out to the youth in various geographies, identify and nurture talent, and get a percentage of the population to take to running. Through Bharathon, Raj wants to popularize marathon among youngsters between 12 and 18. His dream of setting up an academy in Mumbai is to train runners identified during Bharathon who can represent India on international platform.
Talking about his mission, Raj says,” it is a myth that running causes injuries after 30. But the fact is a person ‘s body adopt a correct posture and muscular balance for running, which can be taken up at any age”.
Vadgama represented India at the 100 km high-altitude Zendurance Ladakh run and the 1,500 km Delhi to Mumbai Greenathon in 2012, for which he was felicitated by the Limca Book of Records.
About Raj Vadgama:
Raj Vadgama is a 47 year old sport enthusiast has been in the fitness industry for 27 years and took to running 12 years ago. After holding two different Limca Records, he is now attempting a Guinness World Record by running cross-country for 10,000 kilometers- a marathon he aims to complete in 4 months! By running 83 kilometres every day, Raj Vadgama aims to cover over 40 cities in the four corners of the country. While this might seem a mammoth task to anybody else, it seems within well the reach of this trained martial artist, who has been the veteran of many half marathons, marathons and ultra-marathons. His dream- to get Indian running! Through this pan India run, he wants to reach out to the youth in various geographies, identify and nurture talent, and get a percentage of the population to take to running. In his words- “Running gives immense pleasure along with improved health. It helps to de-stress, prevents diseases, boosts confidence and eliminates depression. The benefits are endless and it is time for the nation to know them.”
About Bharathon :
Bharathon 10,000- One India One run is a cross country 10,000 kms epic run spanning 120 days or 4 months.
This is also a Guinness Book of World Record attempt (Claim Id 439124, Membership number: 381126) and is being attempted by Raj Vadgama not only as a personal benchmark but also to popularize running as a sport. Ultimately, he also aims to set up a running academy where top talent identified during the Bharathon 10,000 in the age group 12-18 years, are trained for free to win laurels for India on the world stage.
- To develop a sustainable Running culture in India. #werunindia
2. The Future (Youth) of India will live a healthier lifestyle.
3. Spot local talent who may be able to win accolades for India on International stage and put India on the running map.
Become a Bharathoner and be a part of this historical event. Follow and support Raj in completing this exceptional run and keep the flag of India flying high. Let us scream and cheer, push and encourage, help and inspire the man who has resolved to put India on the global map of running.