Year on year the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has grown by leaps and bounds, not only in the hearts of runners but also with the city at large. Like every year there will be esteemed runners who will lead as pacers for their pacing buses. There are 6 bus timings, right from the super pacey 1 hr 40 min to the 3 hr. This large spectrum is available in order to accommodate a diverse group of runners keeping their individual goals in mind. These pacers are accomplished and well known runners in the running society who are capable of guiding fellow runners achieve their goal.
Who are Pace Setters?
A pace-setter is a runner who is a veteran of many races and knows the art of pace setting. Pacer is a committed runner who is able to set a steady pace throughout the distance and bring in the group of runners following him/her from the start to the finish at the predetermined time.
The group following a pace setter is called a ‘Bus’. The idea is that the pacer must finish just around 1 minute before the promised time. So, if you have joined the sub 1:40 hour bus, the pace setter will lead you to through the finish line somewhere between 1:39 – 1:40 hours, but not even 1 second over 1:40 hours.
You can connect with your chosen pacer here -
Siddarth Choudhary is the founder and Chief Mentor of GRR, largest fitness community in Delhi / NCR with over 7000+ members in it. Sidd (as he is fondly called) is an Ultra Endurance Athlete who ran 1480km at The Great India Run 2016, running from New Delhi to Mumbai at 77km per day for 19 days.
After nearly 2 decades on high seas and &7 yrs.in corporate world this Sea Captain, being very passionate about running has been training everyone to take conscious step towards a healthy lifestyle. Siddarth, whilst helming the running revolution called GRR, has helped 3000 + people take injury free conscious steps towards a healthy and holistic life style through running.
His mentoring and doable plans have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. Siddarth is in front of an audience motivating and helping those of all abilities to enjoy and find a new self with road running!
Passionate about changing lives, he has cycled 300km in one go from New Delhi to Timber Trail , spreading the message of cleaning the environment through fitness. He is a certified marathon trainer (American School of Sports certification) and a corporate motivational and wellness Trainer/Speaker. He is also the Race director and founder of JUNIORUN, India's largest multicity KIDS ONLY running event that has been successful in Delhi, Gurgaon and Jaipur.
He has received many awards like First Position In 2013 and Third Position In 2014 at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon ( DHL Corporate Category ).
The Quickie Marathoner and The Marathoner of the year 2016 in his age category. His personal best being for Full Marathon is 3:27 in Jan 2016 Standard chartered Mumbai marathon and is 1:28 in Nov 2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
Mr. Shiv Shankar Kosgi is an avid marathon runner and has been into running Since Aug 2012, Half Marathon at Airtel Hyderabad Marathon in 2:32 was his first road race ,since then he has been consistently training to maintain fitness and participating in long distance road races, held across myriad cities in India, As of today, I have participated in overall 25 official events (including 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and one 50K Ultra distance), and he has no wish to stop anytime soon
Half Marathon – 1:41:30 @ Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2014
Marathon – 3:50:01 @ Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon 2015
10K – 00:43:57 @ Hyderabad 10K 2015
Because of his passion towards running he has quit IT job and joined Hyderabad Runners society as Manager Operations to peruse his passion. He also conducts marathon training programme for Hyderabad Runners.
In his own words "love running, it started to change me inside out. I could feel myself and see myself getting fitter and stronger and I could run longer and faster. That sense of accomplishment, the endorphins, and being outside really made me love it."
Taking his love for running further, Shiv also completed his Certified Distance Running Coach from Road Runners Club of America.
Personal Best (HM) – 1:43:35 @ ADHM 2014
Samar Shivdasani began his long distance journey in 2012. It all started with Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and soon spread to many half marathons held in Delhi NCR over the next 2 years. Having completed a total of 15 half marathons till date and improved his personal best timing by over 47 minutes since his first race, Samar is committed to running as a way of life.
He not only runs road races, but has also participated in trail runs, mountain bike races, duathlons and his latest obsession obstacle runs. In Gurgaon, running is part of the community, and Samar runs with multiple running groups like the Runbugs, which not only keeps him motivated but also offers the opportunity to help fellow runners achieve their objectives.
Samar is an adrenaline junkie and is willing to try any sport that gets his pulse racing. So much so that he has quit his day job to start an obstacle running company called Desi Warrior, which intends to make running and fitness fun and approachable to all.
Amit Ganeriwalla, 41, is a running enthusiast having joined the creed about 7 years back. He considers running therapeutic and one that provides him balance in an otherwise busy professional career. Amit has run 12 half-marathons and four full-marathons and is aiming to complete the six world major marathons over the next couple of years – he has already raced in the NYC and Berlin marathons.
Amit is not only a regular on the streets of Mumbai but also makes it a point to run in every place he visits on work or leisure. When not running, Amit spends time professionally as a Partner & Managing Director with The Boston Consulting Group.
Fastest runs: Half: 1:37 at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2015, Full: 3:30 at Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2016
Shrenik has been pacing the half marathon at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon since 2014.
When he ran his first SCMM half in 2009, he took about 2 hour 40 minutes to complete that race and was sore for two weeks after that. Since then he has come a long way and participated in every edition of SCMM, improving with every year. He travels around the country for half marathons and the world for marathon distance races. He knows he still needs to improve on his full marathon timing and bring it under 3:15 hours. He has run with groups in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and helps a handful of runners with their training in Kolkata.
Shrenik is a newsroom veteran on a break from full-time work since 2012. He uses his newfound freedom to travel, get fit, nurture his beard, sip beer and undertakes odd jobs, including writing to clear his bills on time. He has covered three general elections, football World Cup, Olympics and Indian Premier League and he also writes extensively on running, endurance sport and fitness.
Mr. Rajesh Bhanushali is a seasoned runner who has been running Half Marathons over many years. He has run more than 26 Half Marathons and 3 Full Marathons so far. In Oct 2015 he ran Amsterdam Full Marathon with a personal Best timing of 4.05. His personal Best timing for Half Marathon is 1.54 in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
He also completed Comrades Marathon 2016 .
Besides running, he also loves to read various articles on running, also loves to travel and play Cricket. He enjoys the physical and mental challenges involved in endurance racing , pushing oneself to discover their limits and then surpass them. He believes in “running smarter , not harder”. He has loved the support and experience running with a pace team provides and looks forward to passing it on!
He has been a Pacer in SCMM since last four years. He has been very successful in completing all his previous runs on time as pacer. Special attention is given to all runners and ensure that the run is completed as per the target time. Running Strategy this year for bus 2.10 is to go consistent pace at 6.10/km except bit slow at Peddar Road with pace of 6.50.
Sanjay Kabra is a chartered accountant having experience of 18+ years, presently working with Investment Bankers as Sr. Vice President. His wife, Mrs Sandhya Kabra is also a CA, into her own practice and a home maker. They make a good running couple and blessed with a daughter of 15 years.
He casually started running from 2007 on weekends at BNP. Slowly and steadily the pleasure of running pulled him, himself as a whole into it. Sanjay ran all races of SCMM from 2007 onwards till date, which includes (all HM and 1 FM) and participated in various running events in the city including Hiranandani (thana & powai), Aarey run, Rotary run, IDBI Mumbai HM and others. He has participated running events held in the different cities too like Airtel Delhi, Bangalore full marathon, Run the ran, Kochi Full marathon etc. Once into running there is no looking back.
Dipesh Gindra works as HR Head/Operation Head for Dev Marketing and also does event organising. He is been running since last 8 years. His personal best in HALF Marathon is 02hr 3min in SCMM 2016. Other than SCMM he has ran many running events in Mumbai and across INDIA. His personal best for 10km is 47min 33sec.
He has already paced many events in Mumbai as well as out of Mumbai. He recently paced 2hr 15min bus in MIT Aurangabad Heritage Half Marathon.
And now he looks forward to pace 2.20 bus for half marathon in SCMM!!
As he says "I will try my best to get as many runners to get target time of 2hr 20min"
Sundresh Sarup, 46, a corporate individual started his running journey in 2013. Since then he has run various distances including many half marathons. His last stadium run in December 2016, he managed 16 K in 90 minutes. His passion and love for running made him cofounder of DRG - Delhi Runners Group, the largest running group in Delhi NCR.
Past two years Sundresh has been a Puma Running Infuencer for Delhi region and has successfully managed many events for Puma. His job makes him travel 3-4 days a week and he manages to Run in almost every city that he visits.
Dr Kumar Doshi - A practicing Pulmonologist, H.O.D respiratory medicine at Asian Cancer Institute by profession is a passionate runner, and running Half marathons since past 6 years. Running to him is the best way to relax and the best time with yourself. Being a avid traveler, the best way to explore a new place is running ,he believes. The best tracks he feels are at Gulmarg and Niagara.
He calls himself a chance runner . Barely able to complete 1500 m at school level, marathon was never in the bucket list. In 2011 He was given the half marathon forms by a colleague in jest and he filled in the same jest and ever since running is his second wife. His first runs with him at the marathons.
His best timings at the SCMM is 2:19
Paced the SCMM 2016 in 2;29;31
Authored the book "Health Matters"
Roop Betala a Professional Investment banker and Private Equity Investor.
Roop Betala started running in 2013 when his son challenged him to run after his 2013 SCMM and then registered him for Thane Hiranandani Marathon, since then Roop Betala has run 86 Half marathon in about 30 Countries. Roop Betala has ran 5 Half Marathon in 2013 and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 he ran 27 Half Marathon and thus awarded in 2016 " Most Consistent Runner"
Roop Betala a passionate running he has also completed a 100 Days Running Challenge in 2015 with 1008 KM and 2016 with 1111.11KM. Roop Betala ran his first Ultra Marathon in 2016 of 70KM. Roop Betala runs his age during his Birthday Month.
Roop Betala did his first pacing at Patiala marathon of 2Hr 30 Min Bus and completed in 2:29:59 and similar he ran his Aurangabad Heritage Marathon he did in 2:29:59.
Very recently Roop Betala was appointed as a Race Director for Pink City Marathon on 18th December 2016 at Jaipur where more than 7000 runner participated with great enthusiasm being first biggest marathon in Jaipur state of Rajasthan.
Roop Betala is happy to be pacer at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon of 2Hr 30MIn bus.
Roop Betala run with one theme
"Run Forever Fun Forever"
Ankush Mendiratta is a Human Resources leader who took to running when he hit mid life crisis way back in 2009.
Fondly known as “Don” in the running fraternity, Ankush till date has run over 85 events(including half marathons, full marathons & Ultras). His focus has been more on endurance than on speed and that probably made him run his first ultra(50 km) before he ran his first full marathon. He has run many half marathons across Delhi, Gurgaon, Goa, Chandigarh & Mumbai. He has run full marathons in Amsterdam, Gurgaon, Bangalore & Mumbai & Ultras (upto 100 km) in Gurgaon, Delhi(Bhatti) & Bangalore(trail runs).
Ankush believes running is a cure for everything – right from de-stressing to connecting to ones inner soul to finding solutions to life’s challenges ! He says he feels on top of the world when he is part of the journey of new runners & eventually takes them across the finish line.
Personal Best (HM) @ Vasai Virar National Mayor’s Marathon 2014 – 2:09:16 hrs
Arti Daga, 37, Sports enthusiast, Architect by profession and mother of two started running long distance in 2010. Since then she has been a regular at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and several other marathons.
She has been into sports since childhood and won several awards at competitions. Dream, Dedication, Discipline, Determination and support of Dear ones is all it took for her to get back to sports after two decades.
Besides being a long distance runner she holds to her credit several acclaims in the recent past. She is a Triathlete, a National level Swimmer and a Sea Swimmer, winning several accolades.
She has recently participated and won at the Maharashtra State Masters Aquatic Championship 2016 at Pune and the 13th National Masters Swimming Championship 2016 at Secunderabad. She also swam the All India Open Sea Swimming Competition 2016, 6 km. organized by the Indian Navy. Completed her last Half Marathon at the Vasai Virar Mayor’s Marathon 2016. Cross training has benefited and enhanced her fitness, efficiency and endurance levels largely.
She has been a successful, supportive and motivating Pacer at SCMM 2015 and SCMM 2016.
The act of running is a liberating one. Running rejuvenates and replenishes her physically and emotionally.
Arti says, ‘Pursue your Passions, that’s the key to happiness and health.’
They say 'Life is 10% what happens to you & 90% how you react to it.' This quote pretty much sums up Bijender's life. From Sonipat to Mumbai, from being rejected by NDA to being an IIM Kolkata alumni & pursued by top B-schools as a teacher Bijender has come a long way. He is passionate about giving back to the society the pearls of wisdom that he has garnered in his professional journey. He serves as a visiting faculty at some of the top B Schools in the country & is on the advisory council of some of the premier universities.
He is currently working at a US pharma multinational MSD India as Director – Human Resources based out of Mumbai.
While Bijender was carving out his career, he realized a couple of years ago that his health (read weight) was not at its best & that’s when he took up running! In the last 2 years he has run 27 marathons! He has also driven multiple running events in his organization to promote the cause of running & wellness. He is an enthusiastic speaker and trainer who has galvanized and influenced lot of people into running. In 2016 alone he got about 250+ people to run for the 1st time
From a non-runner to a runner to now a pacer his journey has been quiet eventful. He says Pacing is his way of giving back to the running community as it helps him support several runners in achieving their goals. He has paced at several top marathons like Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Mirchi Monsoon Run, Tirumala Habitat Run etc.
His favourite quote to enthuse runners to reach the finish line is, 'when your legs get tired, run with your heart”.
Niranjan Gopinathan or ‘Nira’ as fellow runners call him, has been running since 1999 and has participated in numerous Full marathons and Half marathons in India and abroad. He is passionate about running and is constantly encouraging and motivating new runners to achieve their goals.
Some of the interesting runs he has participated in are the Mayors Midnight Marathon in Alaska (2004), the Windchasers 112KM stage race in Sandakphu Himalayas (2012), the Bangalore Ultra Marathon (50K) in 2012 and 2015, the TCS New York Marathon (2014) and many more. He loves the Himalayas and is looks forward to going there every year for running or trekking. In 2013, he completed the Ladakh marathon.
Niranjan is also an active cyclist and participates in the Brevet rides and Triathlons. He participated in an Ironman 70.3 (Half Ironman) Triathlon in 2014 in Hyderabad.
Niranjan has been participating in SCMM since 2012 and this year will be his 6th time at SCMM 2017. Niranjan is a 2:50 pacer and is motivated to help those runners finish the half marathon in his ‘Bus’.
Inspired by the book ‘Born to Run’, Mr. Mukund Bhogale started running at the age of 55 years in the year 2013 and completed his first half marathon at Hyderabad. Since then, running has become a passion and he has completed 10 half marathons in the past three years with personal best time of 2.46 at this year’s Hyderabad half marathon. Influenced by barefoot running movement, he switched to Vibram Five Fingers two years back and Luna sandals last year. He has successfully tackled all terrains, including trail running in monsoon, with Vibram Five Fingers and Luna sandals. He has been a 10k pacer at the Get Going Marathon and PRBM'16 for the 90 min bus.
Actively involved in promoting running through ‘Aurangabad Black Bucks’, a runner’s group in Aurangabad, he is involved in organising various training runs for the beginners. Popular among these is the last Sunday of the month (LSoM) run. Over the last three years more than 100 runners have benefitted from these activities and successfully complete half marathon races. He also actively promotes running among the corporates in Aurangabad, and more than 8 companies have formed running groups as a result. He was involved in organisation of first edition of the MIT Aurangabad Heritage Half Marathon (MAHHM) on 27th Nov. 2016.
He is an avid reader of books on running and has also attended various workshops / speeches related to running.
Mr. P. Venkatraman is a seasoned runner who has been running Half Marathons over many years. In fact, with a view to maintain physical fitness throughout the year, in the last three years he has been running the Half Marathon distance of 21 kms every single calendar month. He has run more than 68 Half Marathons so far. In Sep/Oct 2013 he ran 3 Successive Half Marathon on 3 consecutive Sundays. On the last of those Sundays he ran the Oxford Half Marathon with a Personal Best timing of 2:18. The Half Marathon distance is now something that he can run by design.
Besides running, he also loves to read about running and has built a library of running books over the years. This has enabled him to assimilate vast amount of knowledge on running which he delights in contributing on various running forum. In order to see that runners are trained better for long distance running he has formulated the ‘Marathon Training Workshop’ which was conducted in Panaji as part of Goa River Marathon preparations. He has also initiated, together with Asian Heart Institute, India's largest Sweat Rate study. In January 2014 he conducted India's first Running Summit, an pan Indian congregation of runners and running event organisers. At the Summit also released was India's first Medical Directors Handbook for Racing event organisers.
He regularly logs all his runs using his Garmin Heart Rate Monitor and these can be viewed at http://connect.garmin.com/activities?cid=206484
He has been a Pacer in SCMM since last four years. He has also paced in Borivili National Park HM of Aug 2012 where he organized the Pacing efforts as also in the Airtel Delhi HM of Sep 2012.Besides leading the pacing efforts for Goa River Marathon for 2012 and 2013, he has also led pacing efforts for Hyderabad in 2013 and Pune Running in 2013. He has successfully led his 3 hour 'Bus' adhering to the pacers credo of not more than a minute early, not a second late. He has also written India's first Pacers Manual, a document that shares with all Pacers the do's and don'ts of good Pacing.
He is a strong enthusiast for good healthy living and enjoys giving first time runners the thrill of successfully completing their first Half Marathon in 3 hours.