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These Two Guys Ran the Auroville Marathon. But They Ran 190 Km From Chennai to Pondy First!

Peter Van Geit and Vipula Kumar, well-known runners in Chennai, originally planned to cycle to Puducherry but switched to the more unusual mode of running instead.

Runners Peter Van Geit and Vipul Kumar are not your regular marathoners. While they ran the full distance at the Auroville Marathon in February (that would be 42.2 km), what set them apart is the fact they had reached the venue by running too. All the way from Chennai.

The two runners who are well-known in Chennai, ran a distance of approximately 190 km in the span of 26 hours to reach Puducherry in time for the marathon.

People across social media are hailing the duo for inspiring them to commit harder to fitness.

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Peter, who is originally a techie from Belgium, currently works at an IT company in Chennai and also founded the popular Chennai Trekking Club. A familiar figure who has inspired many across the city to lace up their running shoes, he is also actively involved in several social causes. In fact, among his other altruistic endeavours, Peter has spent a lot of his time trying to clean up the city.

Speaking about their incredible run, Peter said to the Times of India, “We ran around 190 km over two days. We got started on the night of Friday, February 10, and ran all through Saturday. We reached Auroville on Sunday, two hours before the marathon was to begin. So, we took a power nap and then laced up again.”

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While the duo had initially intended to cycle to the venue, they switched their plans because according to Vipul “many people do that, so we figured we’d give running a shot.”

So, what’s your excuse for not hitting the pavement this weekend?

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