Race Day: 15TH DEC, 2024
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Saikat Chaudhuri 

Saikat Chaudhuri's journey into the world of running began unexpectedly when he was 44 years old. Introduced to the gym by his wife in 2014, he found himself on a treadmill, initially covering 3 kilometres. In those days, the mere idea of running a half marathon seemed reserved for superhumans, as he watched some of his colleagues accomplish this feat. 

Despite the demands of his job, Saikat managed to participate in an impressive array of running events. His running achievements include completing 8 half marathons, three 25k races, 9 full marathons, and 7 ultra marathons, including a staggering 161- kilometer run in October 2023. Not confined to official events, he also challenged himself by running distances equivalent to his age every year on his birthday, with his latest endeavour covering 53 kilometres on September 28, 2023. 

What makes Saikat's running adventures remarkable is the diverse terrain he has explored. From the arid deserts of Kutch and Pokhran to the challenging altitude of Khardungla at almost 18000 ft, sea beaches in the East and West coast, Running in Ladakh during winters while the temperatures were around -25 degrees Celsius, and the picturesque trails of Meghalaya, winding through dense forests and rolling hills, he has left his footprints in varied landscapes. 

Beyond running, Saikat's passion for endurance extends to long-distance cycling, trekking, and camping. He continues to embrace new challenges, showcasing the spirit of adventure and determination that defines his remarkable journey in the world of endurance sports.