Sunday, October 22, 2006

No Execuses

This is what a fellow runner I met in Anna University told us..

I along with few other ChennaiRunners were in Anna University, doing our weekly run and met this amazing guy. In fact, we have been tracking him for a few weeks now, he is always there chugging along the 400 meter oval like an energiser bunny.

Today, I ran a little bit with him to get acquainted and what I learnt completely floored me. This gentleman, Mr. KannagaSabaPathy, is a retired judge and runs 10 kms every day. He comes to Anna University grounds around 5:00 AM everyday and runs 25 laps. After this, he does asanas for about an hour at home. What amazed me was his ability to keep chugging along at a good pace even at 75. Yes, he is 75 years old and runs 10 kms every day plus 60 minutes of Asanas...

After the run, he caught up with us and showed some us some pictures from a national asana competition. I claim to do asanas, but they are child's play compared to what I saw in those those pictures. Hats off to you Mr. KanagaSabaPathy..

Now, ChennaiRunners and others,.. Start Running.. make is part of your eco-system.. As Mr. KanagaSabaPathy says.. No Excuses.. for not taking care of your health..

Update #1
A strory in New Indian Express / City Express today (Oct 24, 06) about Mr. Kannagasabapathy


  1. Hi Ram, why don't you post a short video of Kanagasabapathy running around the tracks? This could be inspirational for other people.

  2. Ram,
    Check today's Indian Express -City Express supplement. There's an half page article on Mr.Kanagasabapathy

  3. Arbit

    Yes.. WOW..

    Good suggestion.. I will try to get a clip this weekend.. (if its not raining..)

    Yes.. saw that.. updated as well..Thanks

    Yes.. amazing and inspirational..

  4. Why are the ChennaiRunners a closed user group? People like me like to go through such groups to get to know the latest updates on running events, etc, and I should not necessarily become a member to have read access. There are other groups like RFL which you can access anytime.

    Just putting my few words in case someone from ChennaiRunners listens.

  5. Tanvir

    No particular reason.. why ChennaiRunners shouldn't be open..

    We are looking to bring out a website and our intent is to make it as open as it can get soon..

    In the meanwhile, you are welcome to join the group..