Kannan Sundararajan, also known as Coach Kay was born and grew up in the Ooty, Tamil Nadu in India. Since childhood, he was interested in athletics and as years had passed he had developed a passion for sports, staying active and energetic. He has a deep love for endurance running & coaching.
With a Mechanical Engineering degree, Kay is also a certified project manager, agile scrum master and a Lean Six-Sigma black belt holder. He has played a wide range of leadership roles in several multinational companies including Parametric Technology Corporation and Siemens Industry Software.
After working for 24 years, he left his corporate career (LinkedIn profile) and launched KaysFIT Academy in 2016 chasing his passion.
Kay is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist, race director, ultramarathon running coach, fitness consultant, and motivational speaker.
OOTYULTRA marathon was founded by Coach Kay in 2018 and the first edition of this event had attracted over 278 runners across 10 different Indian states and few international runners and the 2019 edition had 717 runners. OOTYULTRA offers 60k, 30k and 15k distance categories to runners with a varying level of running interests and capabilities.
Kay is also the founding partner for BAMA (Badminton Masters) a premium badminton tournament conducted in Bangalore on Feb 2018, attracted many talented top veteran Indian and Srilankan badminton players.
- A regular runner since 2011 and completed over 50 marathons & 20+ ultramarathons
- Mostly enjoys running ultramarathons and also the fun elements of running a faster races
- Finisher, first-ever 42 marathons, 42 consecutive weekends in 42 places in India between Jul 2015 to Apr 2016, to spread awareness on road safety & the importance of first aid through Be Safe! Be there to Save campaign
- Back to back finisher of the Comrades Marathon (90 km ultramarathon in South Africa)
- 100-miler (160 km road race) at The Border 100 miler on the 22-23 Dec 2018 in under 27:59:00 hr
- The first-ever finisher of The Triangular Run Challenge, in May 2019, by completing 500 km in one month
- View running records summary
Running & ultramarathon coach & ACE Certified personal trainer & sports conditioning specialist
Kay is a friendly coach and a mentor who brings in his in-depth knowledge of connecting emotionally with his athletes, his knowledge of running, human anatomy, kinesiology, functional training, and sports conditioning.
Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime
Coach Kay believes in this old adage and helps his clients with a lot of scientific and logical reasoning behind exercises and their benefits.
Apart from this his experiences in managing large program and project management, process excellence and attention to detail to help in teaching the best planning skills, encourage and motivate his clients in discovering their best and also in achieving their goals in a structured manner.
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Director & Mentor: Race Management
Kay enjoys organizing events by bringing uniqueness and involving people from different backgrounds and age groups. OOTYULTRA, with the tag #ultramalaivsi, a challenging ultramarathon, is his dream event to encourage the residents of The Nilgiris district to take up running as a healthy hobby and to provide a unique experience to runners across the world to enjoy the beauty of the blue mountains. The events that he organizes have a single objective to provide a “wow” experience to the runners at the same time offering a mutually beneficial and valuable partnership to the sponsors.
- Founder and race director for OOTYULTRA, road race, 60k | 30k | 15k distances
- Founder and race director for Bison Ultra, trail run in Yercaud, 40k | 20k
- Race director for Alertathon, 2018, 2019 (current)
- Mentor, technical advisor, marketing and communication support for the Yercaud Hills Marathon for the year 2017, 2018
- Race Director Master Muscle Marathon 2018
- Friendly race director/key core member at the Val Vill Ori Ultra
He also regularly coaches a group youth on fitness and badminton skills in Sobha Althea & Azalea apartments, Yelahanka, Bangalore
Road Safety Ambassador
As a road safety ambassador Kay launched Be Safe! Be there to Save! Campaign and has completed #424242running(ran 42 marathon distances in 42 weeks in 42 different places by running nearly 1800 km) for spreading awareness on Road Safety from 2-Jul-2016 to 15-Apr-2017.
Kay regularly organizes First-Aid and CPR training to various corporates and individual communities. Through the #helpkiran campaign, Kay had raised over 6.5 lakhs within a span of one month to support an accident victim in Bangalore read about #helpkirantoday campaign
A good samaritan
Kay is a recipient of ALERT BEING AWARD – 2017, in the Individual Category for being a Real-Life Hero and a Good Samaritan for saving lives/accident victims.
- One Man’s Extraordinary Journey and What Indian Railways Could Learn from It! (www.thebetterindia.com)
- One man’s extraordinary journey and what Indian Railways could learn from it! (www.citizenmatters.com)
- HELP 22-year-old Kiran who met with an ACCIDENT – KETTO FUNDRAISER PAGE (www.ketto.org)
- Bengaluru Marathoner Stops Mid-Way To Help Out An Accident Victim, Raises Funds For His Surgery (www.indiatimes.com)
- How to save a life: This Bangaluru runner stopped his marathon to help an accident victim (www.thenewsminute.com)
- Bengaluru Runner Stops Mid-Marathon To Help Accident Victim, Raises ₹5.5 Lakhs For Treatment (www.scoopwhoop.com)
- Bengaluru Runner Helps an Accident Victim during a Marathon & Raises Rs 5 Lakh for His Treatment (www.thebetterindia.com)
- How a Bengaluru runner helped an accident victim during a marathon! (www.inuth.com)