Arupendu Gupta is a passionate Runner who believes in
a holistically healthy, but also a practical lifestyle. Apart from
Running, he enjoys Badminton, Basketball, Golf and Walking. He is a firm
believer in the mantra: “Joy Through Fitness”.
Arupendu has been running for the last three decades but has got into
recreational amateur long-distance running only since 2015. His running
credits include a 12 Hour Stadium Run
(84.7km), two Marathons (PB 4:10:52),
six Half Marathons (PB 1:50:20) and
numerous 10ks (PB 46:52).
Arupendu is a member of Team Teevra and mostly runs
with his Team. He 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. On rare
occasions that he does run alone, he uses the time to think and
introspect about various facets of life.
Arupendu enjoys preparing for his Runs systemically and subsequently
improving his own performance. However, after Pacing twice in
Bengaluru Pinkathon Half Marathon (2017 &2018) and Once in Tata
Steel Kolkata 10k (2018), he feels that helping others in
achieving their aims is a far more rewarding experience. He has
volunteered to Pace in ADHM 2019, as an opportunity to enhance his
knowledge of this journey. He looks forward to giving the thrill of
completing a 10k in 60 minutes to his fellow Runners at ADHM 2019.
Arupendu is a serving officer in the Armed Forces and
has served in various military appointments across the country.
Namrata is a corporate lawyer by profession and mother of two avid
footballers aged 9 and 12. For her, running is both an addiction and
well as meditation in motion. Namrata took to running about five years
ago with the sole objective of losing weight but has since discovered
its many marvels over time and ‘found’ herself in the process. She
chooses to preface any decision (big or small) in her life with a run.
She is addicted to the feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine,
oxytocin etc. that kick in during and after a good run. The consequent
cognitive clarity that she acquires, as a result, helps her face life
head-on with equanimity and compassion.
Namrata has run several 10K and half marathons. Her half marathon PB
is 2:03 and she ran her maiden marathon this year (2018) at the IDBI
Federal which she embarked upon solely to challenge comfort zone and
finished in 5:15 “like a breeze, without bonking and injury-free”. Aside
from running (races, behind her children, the house and her demanding
job as VP - Legal and member of the leadership team) Namrata is hooked
to contemplative practices like yoga and meditation which she practices
every day and is a huge proponent of these through her many articles on
the subject (http://thedailybrunch.com/author/namrata-singh/).
She chose to pace the ADHM this year since
ADHM reached out to her and
she felt it was both an honour and a great opportunity to encourage more
and more people to embark upon and finish the 10K, a daunting and
Meenal Dwivedi Tripathi
Meenal Dwivedi Tripathi is a Textile Engineer, Educationist, Classical
Dancer, Traveller, Yoga follower, Fitness Propagator and an
Entrepreneur. She started long-distance running in 2015 to fight her
weight and health issues and since then there is no looking back. She
was transformed due to running and it also gave her the opportunity to
connect and inspire people. The passion for running has taken her
different places in India. She feels good when she helps newcomers grow
in running and achieve their individual milestones, that keeps her
She is actively contributing to the growth of the Running community in
Lucknow through Arun's Pathshala (fitness group).
She has participated in 30+ races which include 18 Half Marathon and 3
Full Marathon that are SCMM2017, TMM2018, Ladakh Marathon 2018. One of
her accomplishments is a podium at Shivalik Ultra 2018 in 50K distance.
She firmly believes that one should enjoy the runs to the fullest and
push oneself when needed.
Her Personal Best timing for 42K is 5:03, for 21K is 2:09 and for 10K is
She also has several podiums in her kitty.
*Second in her age Category Patna Half Marathon2017
*Second in her age Category Agra Half Marathon2018
*Second in female Open category Bathinda Half Marathon2018
*Second position Kangra X Country -16k
*Second Ludhiana HM 10k.
and many more podiums in the previous season of SBI Green
Marathon 2018-19 in different cities.
She is excited to pace the 75mins bus this year too.
Mona is a 42-year old runner, who over the last 5 years, has done almost
all kind of running be it ultra, 12-hour stadium run, Full Marathon or
Half marathon. She has successfully completed pacing for below events:
Mona’s running journey began as an obese looking to get fit. Over time,
the morning walks turned into jogs, and the jogs turned into runs; and
before she realized, the early mornings became less about fitness and
more about perspective. Over the countless hours of running and
training, Mona is most grateful for the precious friends, the special
memories, and the fact that running helps her start her day by doing
exactly what she loves to do. In her words, “The Day I run, I run the
Day; The Day I don’t run, the Day runs me”
Mona’s Personal Best for 10K is 56.59, 21k is 2h and 5 min & 42k is 4h
and 56 min. Mona thoroughly enjoyed her other pacing assignments of half
marathon and 10K both and was overwhelmed by the joy of helping people
break their barrier. She is a thorough believer “To enjoy running and
have fun, timing is incidental, and it will get better as long as one
enjoys running and not get too stressed about finish times.”
On the personal front, Mona is a housewife with two very talented &
teenaged daughters, has left no stone unturned at home as well. With
constant encouragement, she has also made her husband run a couple of
Half Marathons. To take her passion to the next level got Certified as a
Fitness Trainer in Functional & Strength training, which are two basic
pillars of running. If an obese (87 Kg then & 58 Kg now) person like her
can run, she thinks everyone can run. So, let’s all come forward and
enjoy the madness of running.