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Visually impaired runners enter India Records Book for completing ultra marathon

Visually impaired runners enter India Records Book for completing ultra marathon
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Md Imtiaz

Published: 1 Aug 2019 1:59 PM GMT
During the end of January this year, a group of visually-impaired athletes achieved a gargantuan landmark. Six athletes, along with their guide runners under the tutelage of head coach Bhumika Patel completed the Spirit of Pinkathon ultra marathon. The runners charted a course of a whopping 145 kilometres from Mysuru to Bengaluru which they covered in three days, from January 23 to January 25. The Samarthamam Trust for Disabled supported them. The team received a grand commendation from Pinkathon founder Milind Soman. Sunitha ND, Kavya N, Renuka Rajput, Mala Kolkar, Ajay Eranna and Nandeesha Janardan; the six visually impaired athletes from Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, along with their guides; Bhumika Patel, Sachin Tiptur, Rajesh NV, Bhadresh Shivshankar, Nandish Kumar and Venkatesh Narasimhamurthy are the names of the invincible 12.
On Wednesday, a new feather added to their caps as they officially entered India - Records Book 2020 as the ‘First visually impaired team to complete Ultra Marathon’. Bhumika Patel, a professional runner based in Bangalore dreamt of changing lives when she picked up her running shoes. Currently, she is the Head coach of Pinkathon and also runs an initiative for underprivileged visually impaired young individuals for fitness! She has competed in prestigious Berlin, Taiwan, Copenhagen, Boston, Mumbai, Delhi, Chicago races and marathons! . Bhumika couldn’t stop smiling as she received the huge boxes filled with certificates and medals of her beloved record makers. In a conversation with The Bridge, she said, "I am elated because it is a big recognition for them to get into things to achieve bigger milestones. This is just the beginning. In their first attempt, they have achieved a record. It is a big lift for the future."
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