I am Gunjan Khurana. I am a home maker and a proud mother of two beautiful
daughters. I am an engineer by qualification and have been a teacher for
quite a while. I am fun loving and full of life. Running makes me smile and
completes my day! My family is my biggest inspiration and cheerleader!!
Setting up a PB gives happiness, but I guess helping others set a PB will
hopefully give satisfaction. It's my first time to be a pacer and I am super
excited about it and that is why I have given up the opportunity to run- TCS
World 10k 2022 to be a pacer.
I feel on top of the world!!!! to be pacer in the TCS W10K 2022 All Women
Pacer Squad On a serious note, I feel grateful and I really hope to stand up
to the expectations and make people finish the race in their dream time!
I have always felt women are way more stronger and can endure better. Their
will power is unmatched and it feels great that through such prestigious
events ( having a All-Women Pacer Squad )such strong message is given out in
Shanthi is a chartered accountant by profession and a fitness trainer by
passion. She is the founder of Initi8 Athletics, a company which provides
training to kids and adults. Shanthi’s passion for athletics began shortly
after she and her husband moved to Singapore in 2009. A state level football
and hockey player , she was always into sports. Fitness was a way of life
for her. However when she was attacked by asthma in Singapore , she became
more health conscious . What started as a battle with chronic asthma became
her life . From then there has been no looking back. She has participated in
several half and full marathons and an Olympic distance triathlon. While she
started with a 3:00 half marathon her current PB for a half is 1:47 and she
has run a full marathon in 3:50. All barefoot. Along with running, over
time, she also realised it was essential to get fit and strong both
physically and mentally. Yoga has helped in this and has become a very
important part of her journey. She has been practising and teaching yoga for
over three years.
Id like to see more runners achieve their time goals. It’s more satisfying.
Not every race is about a PB or a podium. Sometimes it’s just enjoying the
spirit of running that is why I have given up the opportunity to run- TCS
World 10k 2022 to be a pacer
It feels great to be part of the all-women’s squad.
Vandana is a full time IT professional with a product company and a doting
mother. She loves cooking for her daughter and spending time with her in her
spare time. Her journey in fitness started in her mid 30s and it was only in
her late 30s that she became serious about her fitness and took to running
long distances as one of the avenues to stay fit.
Last three years have changed my fitness journey. I qualified for Boston and
got many other achievements. Last three years I have also seen people
suffering from Covid and losing near and dear ones where fitness took a
backseat for some. With this pacing opportunity, I want to do my part for
the community. Helping someone achieve the PR is fulfilling.
I feel honoured to be part of W10k 2022 all women pacer squad.
I feel having a All-Women Pacer Squad is a great initiative where it will
encourage other women to start their fitness journey. Women runners will
also feel less hesitant towards any discussions with their pacers.
I have a Master's degree in Control system, Electrical engineering from IIT
Bombay. I am currently leading a team in Arm that develops processor tools.
Prior to Arm, I was working at a startup to develop the Moon Lander, which
is something that I am most proud of. My fitness journey started with a fun
Oxfam 100km walk just to have a good time with my friends. Gradually I
started lifting weights and to be honest I used to shy away from it thinking
it is not meant for women. But once I started lifting, I felt really strong
and confident. During the pandemic, I thought of picking up a new hobby so I
started running. There is no looking back since then. I love training for
speed workouts. Running gives me a sense of accomplishment and the urge to
challenge myself. Life is a lot more fun when you are able to share your
interest with your better half. My husband, Abhishek G S is a seasoned
runner. We both love going on running vacations, discussing training runs,
planning race strategy together and everything around it.
The satisfaction of helping fellow runners achieve their target and cheering
them to the finish line, motivates me to be a pacer. A pacer requires good
control over the pace and to have energy throughout the run to motivate
everyone. As a control systems engineer, pacing is more like solving a Math
problem for me :P
I am pretty excited to be a part of an all women team. When I did the Oxfam
100km walk, we were the only all women team from work. We took it up as a
challenge because we wanted to set an example that women are capable of
more. Just like how as a manager my role is to silently enable the team to
perform at its highest level, I feel my role as a pacer is to help fellow
runners achieve their targets.
I feel having an all women pacer squad is a very good initiative to showcase
women empowerment. In my experience, I have observed fewer women in sports
be it gym or running track and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics) be it college or work. This would be a good way to influence
Profession: Teacher- Business Studies / social studies for 10th grade & 12th.
Mother of two teen boys. 6.5 yrs of running 🏃♀️ More than 85 competitive
events. (2k, 5k, 10k, 21k, 42k, 50k, 80k, 3hrs, 6hrs, 12hrs, 24hrs and
500miler(805 km in 16 days ) . Podium finisher in all categories. 30podiums
& still counting Pacer : 2 times ( TCS World 10k , 2018 & 2019)
I have given up the opportunity to run- TCS World 10k 2022 to be a pacer
"Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give". Ben
I feel at the Top of the world to be pacer in the TCS W10K 2022 All Women
Having an All-Women Pacer Squad will build self-confidence for women. Also,
will inspire a lot of women to take up running.
Pattissier by profession. Entrepreneur & Culinarian at Batter & Beyond. Born
and brought up in "COORG" the Scotland of India. Apart from my
confectionary, have a coffee plantation to look after. Started running in
2020 just for fitness, now it's more than addiction. Been associated with
the Jayanagar Jaguars running academy since 2020 as the training head for
Koramangala location in Bangalore.
I have given up the opportunity to run- TCS World 10k 2022 to be a pacer as
It's not about only ourselves each time. It's also about helping the fellow
runners achieve their deeds as well.
Who run the world?? WOMEN. And this shows that all women squad can conquer
I was introduced to Running to help me manage my weight, but Running has
given me more than I can ask for. My entire lifestyle has changed and so has
for many people to whom I have been an inspiration. Running is my
meditation. My Running team has been no less than a family. They constantly
motivate, inspire and help me set new challenges for myself.
Achieving a target time is a feeling of accomplishment of all the effort and
training that one has put. Having someone just give you a nudge really
helps. Knowing what that feeling is and the platform, I would like to give
it back to the community by helping them bring the bus on time.
We are natural leaders now we are actually leading everyone! Like the saying
goes, men are after women, now literally to achieve their target/dream
time:-P , by running behind All Women Pacer Squad.
About my base and family- I have been living in Bangalore with my family
(husband and 2 daughters – 22 and 16 years) for nearly 20 years now- this
city grows on you and you fall in love with it for its ever so warm-hearted
people and fluid culture. Juggling motherhood, home, work and running keeps
me on my toes all day. My career- I started off my career in the IT
industry, way back in the early - 90s. I am an engineer with degree in
business administration. I took a career shift some time back from being an
erstwhile thorough bred IT Marketing professional to follow my passion for
fitness. I have been into the fitness industry professionally for a decade
now, and am currently a full time Fitness Coach. Since venturing into the
fitness industry professionally, I have added a few qualifications - Master
Functional Trainer/ Certified Personal Trainer/ ZUU Gradus 1 Certified
(exercises inspired by animal moves)/ Reebok Mat Pilates Trainer/ Trained in
Suspension Trainer, Functional Bag, Kettlebell, Battle rope format of
workouts/ Certified Rehab Instructor About my running- Running has been an
integral part of my life since schooling. Glad that I can still call myself
a runner post 50 yrs of age. Ran my first event race in 2009 and ventured
out to long distance running in 2016. Have run 5 FMs so far and many HMs,
10k and 5k. Have also been blessed to see the fruition of my trainings with
a few prestigious podiums in Full Marathons, 30k and Duathlons.
Being a fitness coach, I am passionate about nudging people towards their
fitness goals. Being a pacer will give me an opportunity to help other
runners reach their target timings. And being a pacer of an event as
prestigious as TCS World 10k will be an additional feather in my cap.
TCS World 10K has been around for 13 years; I think it is one of the first
such global running events conducted which brings people of all facets of
life together in a healthy competition. Being a part of such event and that
too, as a pacer for All Women Pacer Squad, gives me immense honour and
Women in today’s world are no less than men and they have been making equal,
if not more, impact on all spheres of life. Having an All-Women Pacer Squad
would definitely have a positive impact and provide a boost towards
motivation and participation of female runners.
This is Diksha from JJs. I am a Marathon Runner from the city of joy -
Kolkata. I am running since 2017 and have ran at major events of India
including Tata Mumbai Marathon. I train with JJs Kolkata since 2019 and lead
South Kolkata JJs Centre. Professionally I am a Fashion Designer.
I have given up the opportunity to run- TCS World 10k 2022 to be a pacer
because Running for me is not about personal goals but touch to more and
more lives through structured training format of JJs. Pacing at TCSWorld10K
2022 would give me an opportunity to help runners cross the finish line in
their target time. This the biggest joy for me rather than achieving any
Being a pacer at one of most prestigious event of the country is a WOW
feeling. I am looking forward to Roar on 15th May 2022 at Bengaluru !!
Having a All-Women Pacer Squad is definitely a kickass initiative where the
fact "Women is at par with Men in all parameters in today’s world" is
I am a Masters in Statistics from Pune University and have been working as a
Data Scientist for the last 18 years. Last few years I have also been
involved in few social transformation program where I get the opportunity to
work on high impact projects for leading non-profits. Leveraging my digital
and process expertise, to bring about a systematic change to the social
sector. I grew up in a small town, Rourkela where sports played an active
role as my dad was a state level cricket player in his days and always
encouraged us to participate in different events. Running happened a little
late in life at the age of 36, post having 2 kids. In 2016, I was going
through some health issues and was mentally not in a great place. My then
yoga teacher who was part of Soles of Bangalore introduced me to the sports
and there was no looking back. I did my first HM within 2 months of taking
up running and ran my first Ultra Marathon (50k Malnad) at the end of the
year. By end of 2nd year I was running the 12 hours stadium run. Though not
a fast runner, I like to challenge myself with the tougher Marathons and
trail runs. Other than running I love to go for treks and hikes. Some of the
Himalayans trek has been the best experience of my life. Lately I have taken
a liking towards CrossFit which has helped me immensely to increase my
strength and endurance. I feel the right proportion of strength training and
mobility will help you be injury free. Pursuing fitness, being a mother of 2
young boys and having a full time job involves lot of hard work and
discipline. I hope to inspire and motivate people around me with my
experiences and stories.
It gives me immense joy to run with a group and help them achieve their
goals. 70 mins bus would mean there will be lot of first timers. I would
love to share my experience, stories and engage them to make the experience
enjoyable. I am sure many will pick running as a sport and become regulars,
at the end of it.
I am really excited about this opportunity to be pacer in the TCS W10K 2022
All Women Pacer Squad. There would be lot to share and learn from the
all-women pacer squad and I am eagerly looking forward to actively engage
with many of them.
I have personally come across a lot of women who neglect their health and
prioritize their kids family and work. All women Pacer squad will hopefully
inspire many women to come forward and take up running and try to stay
Dr Mallika Mathew
Name:Dr Mallika Mathew
I have a PhD in agriculture. I am working as director (operations) In a
private limited company in the field of certification of organic
agriculture. I have been running since 2018, took it up for fitness and then
fell totally in love with it. I am a single parent and have been able to
manage a balance between personal and professional commitments and finding
time for running. I also do motorbike and enjoy going on long and short
rides on dominar 400.
I used to look at people running on roads and wonder how anyone could manage.
One of my friends recommended running group JAYANAGAR JAGUAR S and I joined
this group. Their structured training helped from walking to running. And
for me running is liberation, a form of meditation. And I realised that it
is possible for persons who have their mind can do. I would be happy to be a
comfort for people who want to achieve their pace.
To be pacer in the TCS W10K 2022 All Women Pacer Squad I am very excited ,
and I find that this is real Women empowerment. I am proud be part of it.
Having an All-Women Pacer Squad is an empowerment and recognising that women
can break the barriers.
I have done by BE in Information technology from BMS College of engineering
Bangalore. Started running in 2015. Completed 2 Full marathons and several
half marathons. I love running in trails and natural locations. I am a Yoga
instructor and practitioner and completed by teacher training in 2017. I
love trekking in the Himalayas and ensure that I spend a month a year in the
Himalayas every year. Mother of 2 boys aged 10 and 14, my husband is my
biggest support in every journey of life.
The joy of helping someone reach their target is absolutely satisfying! And
that is the reason why I have given up the opportunity to run- TCS World 10k
2022 to be a pacer.
Having a All-Women Pacer Squad is a Wonderful initiative. It would go a long
way in building the confidence of every woman runner
Software Engineer and a proud mom! Been running from 7 years. Completed
Procam slam in 2019. Apart from running am an endurance cyclist as well,
been cycling 12 years now. In 2019 along with Procam slam, completed Super
Randonneuring - It’s a Series of cycling events where in the rider has to
complete 200,300,400 and 600km rides within stipulated time in the same
calendar year. Have done this thrice since then. Tots outdoor person who
loves trekking, travelling and touring on cycling bicycle.
Having an All-Women Pacer Squad would motivate more women discover the joy of
running and registering to such events
Dr Ranjani Ramanujam
Name:Dr Ranjani Ramanujam
Ranjani, a medical professional found her beckoning in running a few years
back. She did her first 10K way back in 2008 in Procam’s Sunfeast World 10K
but being a working professional and a mom of two kept her away from regular
running for about 9 years after that. However, the beckoning was too strong,
and she got back to running in mid-2016, when she was part of one of the
relay teams running from Bangalore to Mysore. This was a turning point, and
she never looked back. She has done several HMs and 2 FMs of which the first
one was barefoot. She did her first 50K in December 2020, thus qualifying to
be an ultramarathoner. She is also into cycling since few months and has
done up to 100K. She has been an OFFICIAL PACER in several events conducted
by Procam and Life Is Calling and has been part of the all-women pacer squad
in both editions of the TCS World 10K (2018 and 2019). She has also been the
EVENT AMBASSADOR for various running events by Life Is Calling. She
regularly trains along with Team RUNPHORICS, which is a group of like-minded
runners ranging from novices to ultramarathoners and triathletes, in the
serene campus of Bangalore University amidst the lush greenery. Her goal is
to inspire more and more women to take fitness seriously, and also handhold
the newbies so that their interest in running and fitness is sustained and
becomes a way of life. Apart from running and cycling, she loves to spend
time with her teenage boys, baking and watching movies.
The joy of making others cross the finish line is unparalleled, and more
satisfying than me crossing the finish line and that is why I have given up
the opportunity to run- TCS World 10k 2022 to be a pacer
I have been part of the first two All Women Pacer Squads, in TCSW10K 2018 and
2019. It is just such a great joy to see women manning their respective
busses with such great efficiency and cheer.
Nandini Ashokumar is a multifaceted versatile person, a prolific teacher par
excellence, runner, dancer, motivator, fitness enthusiast, all rolled in
one. As a teacher, she believes in continually updating and equipping
herself to meet the demands and challenges of the modern era. A trainer of
process drama workshops conducts workshops for teachers on various critical
thinking problems that are predominantly interactive with new technology and
tools. Her passion for theatre and teaching makes every classroom and
workshop experience unique and inspires young minds to think creatively. Her
innovative teaching practices fetched her the BEST TEACHER AWARD South Zone
2008, Education Quality Foundation of India (EQFI). As one of the Top 5
finalists in the Primary Teacher category, she received a Certificate of
Commendation from The GLOBAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION (TGELF) for
best teaching practices. ‘We Are the City India’, recognized her passion and
talent and awarded her the ‘Rising Star India’ award in Education and
Technology category. In addition to garnering several teaching awards, she
is also an active marathon runner with several marathons under her belt. She
has paced 15 marathons which include Half Marathons and 10K events. She was
also part of the first-ever Women's Squadron Pacing Team, at TCS WORLD
10K'18. She will be pacing TCSworld10k for the 4th time. As a senior member
of the running club ‘Chennai Runners Pillar Pacers’(CRPP), she has
orchestrated many events, as a mentor and pacer, she has helped many to
achieve their dream goals. She was one of the Fitness Ambassadors for the
Inner Strength Half Marathon. She has extended her support to the volunteers
of Teach for India classrooms by planning weekend games activities. During
the pandemic, she conducted dance sessions for 'Get-Fit-Series'. The idea
was to promote an active lifestyle through dance and simple workouts. She is
a huge inspiration to many in the running community. She is a role model for
her children and students. Running to her is like celebrating one’s soul,
expressing joy and embracing nature.
I'm extremely delighted to be associated with this internationally acclaimed
event since 2017. I was part of the first-ever Woman Squadron in 2018. Glad
that this year too I have got the opportunity, which makes it 4 years in a
I was born and raised in Hassan, Karnataka, India. I did my entire education
until BE in Computer Science from Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan. We
are a family of Engineers with father an Electrical Engineer, brother -
Mechanical Engineer, husband - a civil Engineer & son - a Computer Science
Engineer! Living in Bengaluru since 30 years, Made a successful career in IT
(including the IT giants Infosys, Wipro, IBM) for 26 years, worked/visited
with/in several countries (majorly USA & Europe) and IT-Retired since 2018.
Both my husband Sampath & I are Ultra runners & high altitude trekkers! This
transformation happened to me since 2013 at my age of 44! Since then,
Running is my lifestyle, my way of life, my happiness, my close companion! I
love to spread awareness about benefits (both physical and psychosocial
well-being) and assist those who are keen to work on their health & fitness!
I have done countless 5k-10k runs, approximately 100+ half marathons (21.1k)
& 10+ marathons (42.2k) & 8+ ultra marathons.
Being a seasoned and consistent and disciplined runner, I can assist the
runners who want to run the race in a said timeline, so I have given up the
opportunity to run- TCS World 10k 2022 to be a pacer
To be pacer in the TCS W10K 2022 All Women Pacer Squad Feels very special &
from the fact that women go through lot of physical changes in life, health
needs to be a priority & surely running is one of the best methods women can
As men are associated closely in helping women perform better in running (i
hardly see any gender differences) I personally feel the pacers can be mix
of both men and women
I want to be the kind of person that makes other people up their game.
Starting with a short intro about myself, I am an engineer and a software
techie by profession working at one of leading crypto companies in India. I
come from a nuclear family and have a twin brother, who always kept me on my
toes and made me a be a “sportsperson”. I was in the school volleyball team
and table tennis teams and have played at interstate level. I am an avid
reader and writer. Being a millennial, the world of digital technology and
social media has been my forte. I have my own blog –
https://www.soulfulmindz.com and Instagram handle – ssoulfulmindz directed
at motivating and inspiring people at taking their health, fitness and
running seriously. Back in 2017, I had no dream of running, let alone
running a marathon. Sometimes, it feels surreal, as if I have left an older
version of me behind and I have become a brand new me. I started running in
2018 and this run changed my life, my lifestyle and there is no going back
now. Running has become my therapy, my passion. I have done nine 10km runs,
six half marathons, one 30km run, one full marathon, two stadium run relays
(2 hour run) and one 12-hour individual stadium run covering a distance of
66.6km. I am thankful my coach, family and friends for encouraging me and
pushing me to do better and to find the right balance between work and my
I’m a person who loves to motivate and push people to achieve their best.
Helping someone to finish a race gives much more happiness than doing it
alone and achieving the best, So, I have given up the opportunity to run-
TCS World 10k 2022 to be a pacer
TCS W10k is one of the most prestigious runs and being a pacer on such a
platform is my big achievement.
In India, encouragement for women in sports is a bit less compared to men.
Personally, as well there have been many eyes raised when I say I’m a
runner. Having an All-Women Pacer Squad is a wonderful initiative it is one
step in empowering and educating the people.