Race Director – Siddarth Choudhary, an ex-sea captain and an ultra-endurance athlete, is the race director for Bhakra Nangal Wheels and Strides. He is one of the few elite runners who finished ‘The Great India Run’. A 1480 Km run from India Gate, New Delhi to Gateway of India, Mumbai in a span of 19 days. He also went on a 7-day cycling expedition of 540 Kms from Manali to Khardung La. After nearly 2 decades on high seas and 7 years in the corporate world, he has been training corporate groups to take corporate steps to take conscious steps towards a healthy lifestyle. He is the founder and chief mentor of GRR, the largest fitness community in NCR with over 10,000 + members. He is also the race director and founder of Juniorun, India’s largest multi-city running event for children that has been successful in Jaipur and NCR.
Meet Our Pacers – As an aid to runners, the Pace Team will be there for you. We will be offering pace groups led by experienced pacers for a wide variety of times and we hope you will find this support useful as you strive to achieve your goals.
A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced leader who runs together in the marathon. The pace leader runs a steady pace and keeps track of that pace so that the group can achieve their goal of finishing the marathon at a particular time. There are wonderful benefits to running with a pace group. You’ll be supported by a cheerful leader and will be side by side with other runners sharing the same goal as you. One of the biggest mistakes that runners make is starting out too fast and then giving up in the later portions of the race. The pace team will run at an almost even pace. If the pace feels too slow at the beginning of the race that’s normal. Just stay with the group and ask the pace leader about an appropriate strategy for the second half. If you find the pace too fast in the early miles, then slow down and drop back from the team so you’ll be able to finish the race.
The Pace Team promises to provide fun and excitement for both first times, and experienced marathoners looking to reach their running goals – whether that’s a personal best, or just getting across the finish line.
Sanskriti (Peace Ambassador) – Sanskriti became the world’s youngest mountain marathoner at the age of just 9 years. Currently, Sanskriti is a student of 11th grade in The Shriram School of Gurgaon. She is a state level football player, Black belt in Taekwondo, trained Odissi dancer and a Hindustani classical vocalist.
She is also the 2017 winner of the ‘Student Entrepreneur Award’.
Yes, on June 17th, 2012, Sanskriti was just 9, when she became the youngest participant and finisher of Greylock Mountain Trail Marathon, in the process summiting to the topmost point of Massachusetts, USA.
Sanskriti loves running & pacing but she is not running in BNWS as yet another running event; rather she has a deep and strong purpose behind assuming the role of the Peace Ambassador.
Being a teenager herself, Sanskriti believes that most children across India do not know much about Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu), the father of our nation.
If asked, most children would just say that Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October and that he helped free India from the British Rule. In fact, most of them don’t even know that Mahatma Gandhi had once led the Salt March. In 1930, Bapu had led dozens of his followers on a 240-mile journey from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi, a small village on the Arabian Sea, to protest against the British rule.
“This year 2019, is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and I have decided that this year, I would do my best to educate the youth of India about the father of our nation. I will be carrying a different message of Mahatma Gandhi in every km of the half marathon as the Peace Ambassador of BNWS, “21 lessons from the father of our nation for the 21 st century Indian youth.”
I urge all of you, to come and join me on 17th March at Bhakra Nangal to discover the majestic nature and have a running dialogue with the father of our nation.