Naval officers Ram Ratan and Sanjay Kumar hope to set a brand new Guinness document with their Kanyakumari to Kashmir run

 Ultra runners Ram Ratan (left) and Sanjay Kumar

Extremely runners Ram Ratan (left) and Sanjay Kumar

The solar was relentless, but extremely runners Ram Ratan and Sanjay Kumar made it on time to their pit cease on the Neelambur freeway, on the outskirts of Coimbatore, to a grand welcome. The 2 naval officers are on the second leg of their K2K (Kanyakumari to Kashmir) run; the duo bids to cowl the gap in a document time of 56 days.

From Kerala to Tamil Nadu

“We began the run at 4 am in Palakkad to be able to attain Coimbatore by 2 pm,” says Sanjay Kumar, including, “The winds blowing in a backward course by way of the Palakkad Hole slowed us down a bit, however we simply saved working. Our coaching in excessive altitude working from Manali to Leh has ready us to tackle difficult climate circumstances.” They each look visibly exhausted however are decided to finish their mission. “We need to elevate consciousness on non-communicable illnesses like diabetes and hypertension which can be prompted due to an unhealthy, sedentary way of life,” says Ram Ratan, including, “We determined to run within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The easiest way to create consciousness is main by instance.”

Ram and Sanjay began their run on January 12, on Nationwide Youth Day, and plan to finish it on March 8, the Worldwide Ladies’s Day. The primary leg of their run coated Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram. Within the upcoming phases, they may cowl Thiruvananthapuram to Bengaluru, then onto Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. The ultimate leg is from Delhi to Srinagar. An SUV with a three-member staff that features a physiotherapist follows them. “We persist with a highway-to-highway route and check out overlaying 80 kilometres a day, however we additionally guarantee there’s ample relaxation,” explains Sanjay.

Heat reception

The runners are thrilled with the reception they get on the pit stops. “Our seniors meet us and encourage us by working just a few kilometres together with us. A number of working teams like Fort Runners of Palakkad, Soles of Kochi and Soles of Kollam cheered us and ran together with us to maintain us going,” says Sanjay. The duo hopes to set a Guinness world document with its run; the present document for a K2K run is held by Sufiya Khan who did it in 87 days. “It was Sanjay who impressed me to take up this problem. Although I’ve finished quick distance ultra-marathons overlaying 100 to 200 kilometres, I’ve finished nothing of this scale earlier than,” says Ratan, who has beforehand finished a 111-kilometre run from Leh to Ladakh.

Sanjay has earlier accomplished a 480-kilometre run from Manali to Leh, crossing all of the 5 Himalayan passes consecutively for 5 days and setting a brand new document. “We took half in cross-training like swimming and biking to construct endurance and stamina. We additionally did a 78-kilometre endurance run to equip ourselves,” Sanjay says.

The duo provides: “We underwent rigorous coaching for 4 months earlier than we launched into this mission of a lifetime.” The run is supported by Collectively We Can, a Kochi-based public charitable belief that works on points associated to little one rights, incapacity, training and psychological well being.

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