Meet Raj Vadgama, popularly known as the Ultra Marathon Man. This 47 year old sports 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 Guiness World Record by running cross-country for 10,000 kilometers- a marathon he aims to complete in 4 months! By running 83 kilometers 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."
"If people don’t laugh about your goals, they are not big enough."
That's the mantra ultra-marathoner Raj Vadgama follows. And this was the seed of the idea that gave rise to Bharathon 10,000. Bharathon 10,000 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.
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.