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10 most famous Indian marathon runners of all time

Jui Mukherjee
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Modified 05 Mar 2015
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#4 Arun Bhardwaj (Professional)

While marathons themselves are sporting events that require tons of endurance, there is something called the Ultramarathon which takes it all to a whole new level altogether. And Arun Bhardwaj is the first internationally accliamed ultramarathon runner from India. An ultramarathon is an event which involves running for a distance greater than the traditional full marathon42.195 kms length. It may also involve covering as much distance as possible within a set time.

In 2009, Bhardwaj was put on the global running map when he won the 567 kms George Archer 6 day race in South Africa. Later in 2010, the 40 something athlete ran a whopping 186.4 kms in just 24 hours, beating his earlier best of 177 kms in the same time period. He has laso successfully completed the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, California in the US, which has been named as the toughest race in the world by National Geographic. Bhardwaj registered a time of around 41 hours on his first attempt.

Bhardwajs much lauded K2K project involved him running from Kargil to Kanyakumari to spread the message of unity and One India. He completed this historic run in 2 months in the year 2012 and wants to run from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh next.

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