Hailing from Kanaheda village in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, Samir Singh started running at the age of 35.
A decade later, without organisational backing, trainers or physiotherapists, he is planning to take part in a 15,000 km run, to raise money for the families of martyrs of the Central Armed Police Forces.
Invited to run under the Government of India’s “Bharat Ke Veer”, a website which allows people to donate directly to an individual braveheart’s account, Samir hopes to generate funds for the families through online donations.
Samir has won notable Ultra races in India, including Vadodara, Mumbai Ultra (a 12-hour run), which he finished on top, after having logged 121 km in 2016 and 107 km in 2015.
Unfortunately, he needs to divide time between finding financial assistance and training for the run, which will begin from the Wagah border in Amritsar, take him through various places in Punjab, and culminate again at the border. He will be accompanied by soldiers from paramilitary forces in a few places.
In April, Samir decided to run for 10,000 km — about 100 km daily for 100 days — but fell short of 36 km because of physical injuries and lack of support.
Samir came to Mumbai 16 years ago and tried his luck in acting in Bollywood and television while working a day job at a survey company. He says, to the Times of India. “While conducting a survey on the Mumbai Marathon, I learnt that one could earn money by running too. It gave wings to my dream of running.”
He hopes that his run will serve the purpose of raising money for the families of servicemen who gave their life for the nation, saying “As long as God is on my side, I have no fear. This race has been written in my destiny since birth.”