Shruthi Jain holds an MBA degree from NMIMS, Mumbai. But fitness-mental, physical, emotional and spiritual, has always been her true calling. With more than 11K followers on Instagram, she is a 500-hour certified yoga trainer, who engages people in their fitness journey, across Bangalore, through many different forms of yoga including prenatal and yin yoga. Through her yoga, she empowers individuals by helping them overcome their health issues by building strength, stamina, and stability.
She is extremely passionate about fitness and helps people “become their best self and come home” by creating a sense of inner peace. While she inspires others to achieve this feeling from within, on an everyday basis, she herself feels the same way when she practices yoga or goes for a run. Running provides her with a sense of calm from this chaotic world. “As the fresh wind blows against your face you forget what you have stressed about 5 minutes ago or the million things you have to finish later. You run in the now.”
Growing up seeing that her dad never missed his morning walk, inspired her to do the same. As she joined him in his morning routine, he encouraged her to take a step ahead and start running. From that day, she never stopped. Shruthi has been a long-distance runner for over 12 years now. She started her official marathon training with Jayanagar Jaguars, where her coach and rigorous training helped her reach her true potential. From then she has actively participated in several marathons and successfully finished with podium positions. Some of the marathons include Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, Tata Steel 25k 2018, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018, TCS World 10K 2018, Sriram Properties Bangalore Marathon, Bengaluru 10k Challenge, Bengaluru Ultra Run and Pride Run 2018.
Her fitness journey has been covered by several prestigious newspapers like Bangalore times, blogs like The Yogi Talk, and e-magazines like Rajasthan Patrika. She was also chosen as one of the few speakers at JITO Growth Summit 2018, Bangalore chapter, where she addressed several individuals and guided them to achieve their personal fitness goals. But, over 5000 hours of yoga teaching experience and many accomplished marathons is not enough for this fitness guru. After crossing every finish line, Shruthi emerges stronger, her next goal is to take part in the Boston Marathon.
She started her running journey with Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2012 and was hooked after that. She experienced the special high reserved for runners and was happy that she managed to run her first race without too much training thanks to the fitness from cycling crazy distances for fun! Mumbai, Hyderabad and Amsterdam half marathons made her feel that she should try her hands at the full marathon distance. She got lucky with the lottery at Berlin Marathon in 2014 and that was it. 10 marathons later, she must literally stop herself from signing up for every new and exciting race around.
Most of us are not elite runners and will never become one but that should not stop us from exploring our limits and pushing ourselves physically and mentally. She enjoys the process of training for an event and the build-up to it. She enjoys the schedule and the rhythm it gives her and the way it keeps her focused on the big picture. She runs because it keeps her happy and wants to explore how far she can go. It allows her to eat and drink anything she wants. She runs because she likes to compete and win. Somewhere deep down in her, it helps her to become a calmer, better, less neurotic person.
Meeting Bindu Juneja is an energizing experience. Bindu is a feisty, high – spirited, enthusiastic ultramarathoner! Bindu undertook to run marathons a mere three years ago, in 2015. Always a vigorous sportsperson, she has discovered that running is her true passion and it is now her focus. It is a mark of her ability and commitment that she has creditable timings and numerous podium finishes. The most recent run that she has participated in is the “Hennur Bamboo Ultra 2019” where she stood first in the women’s category.
Bindu considers it a privilege to be a pacer. She regards it as her contribution to the sport. In what will be her second endeavour at pacing, she hopes to motivate the runners to push their limits and achieve their very best.
Bindu is the mother of two personable boys and a full-time teacher at Bethany High, Koramangala, Bangalore.
An MBA from Pune University, working as an operations manager in a healthcare insurance company, Kalyani, was living a typical life of a working woman juggling between home and office when a friend inspired her to take up running and participate in marathons. Though at first, getting fit was her basic goal, running slowly turned into a passion for her. She started with a 3 km run in a local race in Pune. This first race changed her life forever. Since then, running has become an integral part of her life.
Her journey of becoming a recognized runner of full marathon was not easy. Balancing between responsibilities at home and of being a marathon runner was tough. But she could manage the balancing act because she believed she can. For Kalyani, running is like meditation. It is her ME time. It helps her connect with herself and brings out the best of her. She believes that running has made her a more jovial and positive person. And this positivity extends beyond the running field facing life problems with a positive mindset.
Her running journey had many inspiring moments that gave her recognition and a sense of fulfilment. It helped her acquire qualities & skills like discipline, determination, focus and time management.
Running at the highest altitude place like Ladakh is an important milestone of her journey. Presently, her personal best time is 10 Km in 55 minutes, but she says her best is yet to come. Her family support has always been a source of her strength be it her mother cheering for her at the finish line or her husband joining her in running.
She achieved her first best 10k timing with the help of the pacer and that made her feel that she should always help fellow runners by pacing whenever possible. Pacing gives her immense satisfaction of helping fellow runners and that sense of gratitude is more important for her than achieving PB. She feels that regular training, rest, recovery and race day strategy along with pacers on the route can help any runner achieve their target.
Kalyani’s journey is exemplary. It is an inspiration for runners in general, and for women. She believes that running should turn into a massive movement and asserts that she will continue sensitizing people to the benefits of running and leading a healthy life.
Her running journey started with TCS World 10K in 2011. Completing the first 10k felt like a great achievement and confidence booster in many ways. She had been into some form of fitness -running on the treadmill for 20-30mins and doing strength workouts in the gym to keep fit. The idea of running on the road was a push from her friends and to shed several kgs gained post pregnancy. She has since reduced close to 27kgs.
Running gave her the much needed “Me” time along with managing her professional career in an Investment Bank and two boys. She has been a passionate runner for over 8 years in addition to being a triathlete (completed 18 Full Marathons and 2 Half Iron Man Distances). Her best time for the marathon is 3hrs 58mins in SCMM2016.
By nature, women tend to multitask and take a lot on themselves which leaves them with very little or no time to do anything for themselves. She believes women should delegate a few things and use support mechanisms without feeling guilty. With a supportive husband and mother-in-law, she has been able to manage her training in the morning before heading to work and spend quality time with kids in the evenings.
By pacing in TCS10k she would like to promote a healthier lifestyle and help people achieve their personal best.
Swarn Jha is a long-distance runner, who has been running for almost 3 years now. She started with her first timed run at TCS World 10K. Her first attempt for 21km was a podium finish with a timing of 2:09. Her personal best so far in Half marathon is 1:54:51 at the Patna half marathon.
She has done 5 full marathons till now including 2 international world major marathons (Chicago and Boston 2018). She has had a podium finish in her first attempt for 50km as well as at Hyderabad. She has been 21km pacer at Bengaluru marathon for 2 consecutive years - 2:15 bus which she has successfully completed.
She started running to reduce her constant Sinus issues and excessive body weight. She has managed to lose 20kgs through vigorous training and running. She really feels that running has helped her to be a more disciplined human being.
She considers herself grateful for being with a running group -Team Miles Ahead through which she took her training for long runs and finished her first 42km in 4:40 mins. Her personal best in full marathon is 4:27 at Chicago marathon 2018.
Professionally, she works as a project manager officer (PMO) in Tata Consultancy services through which she got an opportunity to participate at the world’s major marathons. She is also a certified yoga instructor and believes yoga helped her in running better.
Shweta is a passionate Runner who believes in a holistically healthy but also practical lifestyle. Apart from Running, she enjoys Gymming, Resistance Training, Weights, Yoga, Zumba and Dance. She is a firm believer in the mantra: “Joy Through Fitness”.
Shweta has got into recreational amateur long distance running since 2015. Her running credits include a 12 Hour Stadium Run (72.24kms), one Marathon (PB 4:51:46), fifteen Half Marathons (PB 2:00:50) and numerous 10ks (PB 00:54:10)
Shweta is a member of Team Teevra and mostly runs with her Team. She strongly feels that Running and other fitness activities are best enjoyed along with other like-minded people, exchanging ideas, views and experiences for mutual benefits.
Her previous pacing experience is as given below-
* Intensity 10k 2017,
* Thump Celebration 10k 2017,
* Monsoon Half Marathon 2018,
* Runasana 2018,
* ROCK THE RUN 10K 2018,
* Goa River Marathon’2018, HM
* Thump’ 2018, 10k
Shweta enjoys preparing for her Runs systemically and subsequently improving her own performance. However, after being a Pacer in all the above events, she feels that helping others in achieving their aims is a far more rewarding experience. She has volunteered to Pace in TCS World 10K 2019. She looks forward to helping her fellow runners in completing a 10k in 65 minutes at TCS World 10K 2019.
Shweta is an ex-corporate employee, a Director in Maurya Infra, an educationist, a homemaker and a hands-on mom to her two school going kids.
She started her journey into the world of running 4 years ago. She gradually realized her passion for endurance running and progressed strongly from 5k, 10Ks to Half marathons. She debuted in the Full Marathon recently at Tata Mumbai Marathon in 2019. She finds it exciting to keep going on when the going gets tough and that has had her hooked to running ever since.
TCS World 10K is a race she looks forward to every year, she has been associated with the event in many roles –as a runner/ volunteer supporting the hydration station. She finds a pure delight to watch the elite athletes running in perfect harmonious strides.
She believes that becoming a marathoner was kind of destiny. As a little girl, she admired and followed two sportspersons- Track ‘Queen’ Olympian P T Usha (whom she has a very vivid memory of meeting at 5 years of age) and Sachin Tendulkar, whom she was convinced to meet one day. Many years later, becoming a runner in her 30’s and getting to interacting with Sachin Tendulkar, receiving the prize from him (Spice coast Cochin 2017) connected the dots of life!
She juggles multiple roles in professional and personal life – A Senior Project Manager in Conduent Services a multinational IT organization, mother of a young girl, an active community member, and organizer. The journey of becoming a marathoner has helped her build an identity for herself, beyond the roles and designations that defines her.
Her PB is 1:55 hrs at New Delhi Half Marathon 2018/4:39 at TMM FM 2019. She has won multiple regional and national events. (Infosys Sports Achiever Award, Winner Infosys runs, Winner Indian Navy Marathon Ezhimala HM 2017, Spice Coast Marathon HM runner up 2017 etc to name a few).
The PBs and podium wins that came along the way sure brings motivation. But running is beyond PBs for her, it is a way of rediscovering herself and the world around her, breaking mental barriers, handling lows and highs, redefining possibilities, and building friendships.
The guidance and staunch support of her clubs Soles of Bangalore, Infosys Happy Feet and fellow runners have helped her grow into the amateur marathoner she is today. She remembers with gratitude the good Samaritan runners who paced her debut runs (10K, HM, FM). Being a pacer in TCS W10K is her own small way to give back to the community and helping other runners reach their targets on a high!
Suchitra's running journey started with Pinkathon in the year 2014 and then TCS World 10K in May the same year. Running makes her feel empowered and a great stress buster. She gets inspired by other runners who have achieved extraordinary things in running. Running helps her to manage a lot of work pressure and other life situations. Till now, she has completed 5 TCS Open 10K runs, 2 Stadium runs, 6 Half Marathons and 3 Full Marathons.
She was a podium finisher at Pune Ultra Marathon and pacer for 25K distance in Ultra Marathon Bengaluru 2018. She also guided a visually impaired runner in Pinkathon 2018.
Her personal is 4:27 at TMM 2019 and 58 mins at TCS World 10K.
She believes in giving equal importance to strength training, nutrition, rest, stretching for better performance and improvement in running.
A lot of runners at TCS World 10k have a very specific goal in timing. She wants to use this opportunity to help them in achieving their target time by using her experience. It is a more satisfying and challenging element than achieving her own personal best.
Running, for Alka is not only physical fitness but also it gives her
strength to be powerful, fearless, creative and grateful! She is
into running for just about 2 years now and promotes running as one
of the best fitness options to everyone she meets. She has been
active in sports from her school days but from past 2 years, she has
taken it as part of her lifestyle.
She started running in June 2017 and got herself registered to train
for a Half Marathon at the Bengaluru Marathon event in October. As a
novice runner, she trained hard to complete her first Half Marathon
in 01:56:27 and won BENGU contest for the same. And then there has
been no looking back. She went on to get the 1st place on the Podium
at the Oracle Heart & Walk Run India 2017 for a 10K where she
completed it in 51:17 mins. She is passionate traveller and thus
enjoys outstation runs. Few outstations run which she has finished
are Ladakh Marathon (HM), Spice coast marathon (HM), and Tata Mumbai
Marathon (HM and FM).
Her personal best in a Half Marathon has been TMM 2018 where she
finished at 01:51:56 hrs and Full Marathon has been TMM2019 (which
was her debut marathon too) where she finished at 03:54:56 hrs,
where she was 4th in her age category.
She works as a Software Engineer in one of the renowned MNC. Apart
from her regular schedule, she is also a stand-up Comedian and has
performed at various places in Bangalore and Mumbai.
She had been a 75 mins Pacer for 12.5 Kms at Ultra Bengaluru
Marathon, a high elevation route in Jan 2018. She attained immense
satisfaction and sense of achievement when she could help fellow
runners to cross the finish line with a target they had for
themselves, which is equivalent to achieving a Personal Best. At the
World TCS 10K 2019, she is excited to be a part of the ‘All Women’s
Pacer Team’ and is confident that she will take her bus home on
exactly 75 mins in an enjoyable way. Her motto for pacing will be to
help her bus mates ‘discover the delight of running and thoroughly
Smiling, Fun-loving, Dedicated, and Disciplined are a few key traits that define Divya.
She was encouraged by her friends in office who were runners, to register for a 5K event. After running a few events she realized the need for expert guidance and joined ‘The Trail Blazers (TTB)’ running group in 2017. That’s how she got introduced to amateur running and there has been no looking back since then.
Starting the day with a positive attitude with a run with other like-minded people makes her happy and gives her the confidence to face the challenges of the day ahead. She is very disciplined about her training sessions with the team and makes sure never to miss them.
She has participated in many 10K events since she started running. In September 2018, she surprised herself and her running team with a podium finish at Mysore Celebration Run. She ran her first stadium relay run in 2018 completing 18 Kms in 2 hours. Her PB for 10k is 59:18. She ran her first half marathon in October 2018 completing it in 2:18:28.
She was thrilled when she was asked if she would like to pace at the TCS World 10K 2019. It reminded her of her first 10K event where she was able to perform well, thanks to the pacers of the event. She believes that now to be able to pace other runners to achieve their goals or PBs would give her a far bigger sense of accomplishment at the finish line.
She works as a team lead in Cenduit. Besides managing her family and work, she is also an avid animal lover and loves to spend her free time relaxing with her pet Simba (Golden Retriever).
Running is “dynamic meditation” for Dr. Ranjani, a medical professional who found her beckoning in running a couple of 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. Her first Half Marathon was at an event in December 2016. After that, there has been no looking back. She did her first Full Marathon in Bengaluru Marathon and the second one in the prestigious Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, which she finished in 5:21:39. She regularly trains along with Team Burners, 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.
She is a highly motivated person. She manages to take time off her busy schedule as a Medical professional and a mom to run regularly. She also squeezes out time to pursue her other hobby- baking.
This is her second time as a pacer at the TCS World 10K. She looks forward to encouraging and support all those runners to enjoy their run and hit the finish line by 80 minutes with a smile on their face, and a sense of accomplishment!
Nothing tastes as good as fit feels… so, get out and run!
Nandini Ashokumar is a prolific teacher and an avid runner who strongly believes success is about consistency and falling in love with the process. She stepped into the running world 6yrs back. She runs with the Chennai’s most vibrant group CRPP. As a senior member of the group, she has extended her support as a coordinator, planner, mentor and choreographer.
Over the years, she has completed 9 Full marathons and several half marathons. She adds running on nature’s treadmill teaches many life lessons -25k Hill Run at Javadhu and the Coastal Trail Marathon in California (USA) were exhilarating and challenging. The 6hrs stadium run at Nehru Stadium was a circle time of passion taken to introspect, soul-search and analyse!
She has paced her friends to chase their dream targets. From pacing dear and near to becoming an official pacer, she has been pacing more than running her own race. She feels pacing is more rewarding than racing her own– happy smiles and hi5s at the finish line gives immense joy.
To her credit, she has paced 11 events – In 2015, 3hrs Half Marathon bus in TWCM ‘15, Inner Strength Half Marathon ’17, Coimbatore HM ’17 and ’18 and Skechers Performance Chennai Marathon ’19 . She paced 2:45 Half Marathon bus in Marina Runnerz Marathon ’16 and ’17 and in GAVS Dream Runners Half Marathon ’18.
She has paced the TCS WORLD 10K twice, in 2017 and 2018. She was part of the first-ever ‘All women Pacers Brigade’ and paced 85mins bus. Recently, paced the 80mins Bus in Bhoomi 10K Run. She is one of the fitness ambassadors for ISHM.
If running is all about celebrating life, driving oneself with zeal and passion then, teaching is exploring new techniques to make the classroom experience purposeful and meaningful. She is a role model for her kids and students. She kindles their creativity, instils a love for learning and inspires them to dream BIG.
For her best teaching practices, she was awarded the BEST TEACHER AWARD South Zone 2008, Education Quality Foundation of India (EQFI). ‘We Are the City India’, recognized her passion and talent and awarded her the ‘Rising Star India’ award in Education and Technology category. 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.
At TCSWORLD 10k ’19 she will be pacing the 80mins Bus. If your target is to do a sub 80 make sure you hop into her bus, you are sure to reach on time!
“Don’t tell people about your dreams. Show them!!”
Sundarambal Sairamesh started running right after she turned 41, this was in the Year 2011. One might think it’s quite late. But soon, running became her “Best Buddy” and way of life. She wanted to prove herself and the world around, that age is just a number.
Like any good friend, running was kind to her. It helped her lose the few extra kilos she always wanted to shed. Running introduced her to new friends from the Running Community. Soon, they became her sincere partners and dear buddies.
Her relationship with RUNNING evolved as any relationship does. They initially met for occasional 3km runs, they liked spending time with each other. They slowly met for 10 km. Which progressed to half, full and ultra-marathons.
She travelled around various cities in India and around the world to connect with her best friend-Running. She has been able to achieve a few podiums in the process. Notable accolades were the recognition she won At Hyderabad, Chennai and Jawadhu Hills.
As of date, her Personal Bests for a 10km is 1hr1min and a Half marathon 2hr16min. She trains for ultra and full marathon to complete strong and not to race against time. Her personal best in full marathon is 5hrs.45mins. Till date she has completed 10 full Marathons and 3 Ultras. Her journey never stopped with running. She has been representing State Tamil Nadu, Masters Athletics, for the Past 5years in 5km track race walk where she had won Gold, Silver and Bronze.
She represented our country, in the World Masters Athletic championship, held at Malaga, Spain 2018 for 5km track race walk, 10km Road run and Half marathon. She performed for a good ranking among various athletes around the globe, who competed along.
Sundarambal Sairamesh has always been overjoyed at making her peers achieve their personal bests in Official Marathons. This gave her a Runners High than achieving her own personal best.
The past gave her lots of roadblocks through her journey. She learnt to recover from them in a hard way. With this prudence and wisdom, she is open and caring to help folks who suffer on similar lines and this motivate them and boost their morale. There are many folks in the fitness community who were motivated with her boost up and had taken a total positive transformation from their setback.
Sundarambal Sairamesh is a Yoga expert too. She holds a PG degree in Yoga. Sundarambal besides running believes in holistic training of her body and mind. When she isn’t training others, she trains to help unwind, relax and run longer. Apart from yoga she also does functional fitness to become stronger every day. She is a fitness trainer too.
Beyond being on the road almost every day, By Profession Sundarambal is a banker and Mother of two grownup kids in their 20’s. Her husband is a popular fitness enthusiast as well. He usually accompanies her in most of her runs.
To Sum up in a nutshell-
Her Vision is to Contribute to the Society by making people pursue fitness, motivate them towards Running as a lifestyle habit and train seasoned runners achieve and offer their best.
Niha’s running journey started in 2015 when her friends suggested about Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. She registered for a 3km run and completed it. Till then she was not aware of marathons existed. At first, she doubted that running was not her cup of tea. After completing her first race she got the confidence and started training by herself. With regular practice, in 6 months she ran her debut 10k in Pinkathon Hyderabad and in AHM 2016 she ran the Half marathon. There has been no looking back ever since.
Now running has become her passion. Running boosts her energy to be active & makes her think positive. She believes with discipline, dedication and determination, you can achieve anything. She loves outstation runs, where she gets to run on a new course, new environment and even she gets to see new places as well.
So far, she has completed officially 20+ Half marathons which include Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Satara, Kochi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Coimbatore marathons etc.
She is a self-motivated runner, a homemaker & mother of two kids. She trains adults & kids to run up to 5km (couch to 5k sessions). She successfully organized a community run for around 500 people. In her running career, she has covered distances from 3km to 25km. Her personal best for HM is 2:30:14 in IDBI New Delhi marathon 2019.
She believes that good training, nutrition, hydration & proper sleep are key important roles of running. This year TCS World 10K 2019 she will be pacing 85 mins and pacing gives her immense pleasure. She wants to help those runners who want to complete the run in 85mins.