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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, 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.

Ultramarathon runner

DistanceYearBest timing
10k44.432019
Half Marathon1:41:412018
Full Marathon3:51:112019
Comrades Marathon Up & Down11:46 & 11:532016 & 2017
The Border 100 miler27:59 hrs2018

Running & ultramarathon coach & ACE Certified personal trainer

Coaching Style

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.

Road Safety Campaign in Limca Book of Records

The 2018 edition of the Limca Book of Records had featured the Marathon Safety Campaign under the human story section

Kannan Sundararajan Road Safety Campaign in Limca Book of Records

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