42 weeks 42 marathons 42 places – all for a cause

The year 2016 is a very special year for me.  I have turned 42. The number 42 has been a very significant number for every single marathon runner. Like how it does to me, just seeing or hearing the number 42 would instant adrenaline rush in my body.

With my AnnaBond on the 2nd campaign @Cubbon Park

On April 26th, 6 days after I turned 42 years, I never imagined that my instinct to go and respond to a road accident (involving a biker in Bangalore) would impact and alter by the way I think. (Story here…).  

That eventful night drove me to start a social initiative and a campaign for spreading the awareness on road safety.

During the last few months, I have witnessed several emergency situations and was fortunate to provide support to victims on the train to Hyderabad & on the road #helpkirantoday

I am so much excited to combine my passion for running and at the same time build awareness with “Be Safe, Be there to Save!” initiative through my ambitious, yet to register NGO “Sahaya-Let’s Raise The Spirits(More about the initiative here…)

I will be running 42 consecutive weekends 42 marathon distances in 42 different places (#424242running) (~6:30 hrs to 7:30 hrs on every single run) in and around Bangalore (campaign started on the 2nd of July and will end on April 2017).   During these campaign runs, I’ll be wearing special banners with road safety awareness messages written in them and go through several busy roads and intersections.   I’ll also personally hand over the Orange (for adults) and Yellow (for children) pledge cards.

Orange (for adults) and Yellow (for children)- Road safety pledge cards

I fully aware that it will be very physically demanding to run a full marathon every weekend.  But, I’m very committed to doing this since I believe combining a very important social cause with my own passion for running is something that I consider as ‘fun to do!’.  This is going to be possible only since I know my family is fully behind this.  I also have a few friends and well-wishers who have been super enthusiastic about this initiative and they want to collaborate with me.

Do connect with me on the Facebook page dedicated to this cause and contact me if you would like to join one of the weekends – it doesn’t matter whether it is 3 km or 10 km or even the entire 42kms stretch, we can together bring in a positive change.
(view the Facebook page here… – join the Sahaya community and support the cause)

I sincerely believe that through this campaign, along with my friends, network of professionals and the large running community that I’m connected with (my assets), I can bring in a positive transformation of the society.

With my son during the first run! #424242running 


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