Running for social missions has always been under the belt of the 62-year-old marathoner Kumar Agwani who famously ran 4,246 km between Kashmir and Kanyakumari in 70 days early this year. Ajwani, a financial consultant based in Mumbai, is very happy to take part in a three-day 145km race to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas on 26th July. He will be accompanied by eleven other people who will start from Thane on July 24 to arrive at the National War Memorial in Pune on July 26.
If K2K (from Kashmir to Kanyakumari) is a run for a cause, a journey of learning, growth and discovery, Agwani said the Kargil Vijay Diwas race is conducted to honor the soldiers who gave their lives during the Kargil War and celebrate the Vijay Diwas on July 26. As part of the event, Ajwani and his team donated four air conditioners to the gymnasium at the Army Para Node, where 22 Army Para athletes will participate in the 2024 Paralympics. Army personnel with special abilities serve.
Founder of Team Fab Foundation, Kumar Ajwani entered the World Book of Records, London, for being the first senior citizen to run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 70 days. About his limitless reserves of energy at this age, Ajwani said: “If you want to keep your brain healthy as you age, research shows that exercising is one of the best things you can do. Running is one of them, and it breaks every limitation. limiting self-belief.
The marathoner who grew up in Bandra was playing soccer as a teenager. As he got older, he kept his interest in sports aside to prioritize family and career. However, when a teammate gifted him a 21km bra to run the Mumbai Marathon in 2005, Ajwani’s enthusiasm bounced back and he started going to the gym and taking up running seriously. He did his first ultra-marathon – 50 km – near Bengaluru in 2012.
After a brief run over the years, he decided to participate in fundraising campaigns and ran for farmers in 2017-18. Agwani ran 900 km across Maharashtra and raised enough money to donate 32 gir cows to small farmers. In 2019, Agwani ran 1,400 km from Mumbai to Delhi in 27 days and raised 20,000 rupees from the Queen Mary Technical Institute in Pune which works to care for disabled soldiers.
Ajwani registered Team Fab as a charity to continue the work that has now helped them develop a semi-government hospital and school in villages near Nashik.