Youthful 60-year old from India completes Boston Marathon
After he qualified for the Boston Marathon, Ramanjit Singh Oberoi came from India to participate in the event, April 15, joining some 30,000 runners. He finished the 26-mile (42 Kms) Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 40 minutes, Oberoi told media.
Many runners in these famous marathons have great backstories. So does Oberoi. He discovered running at the age of 55, and it is now his passion. The Boston Marathon is not even as long as some he has run already, but the charm of 30,000 people running, bowled him over, he indicated in his interview.
Oberoi’s unbounded energy is the result of his passion. After years of working in a bank and then in a security company, Oberoi came upon the pleasures of running after he did a mere 7 km run in 2012.
“I discovered running rather late in life when most people are slowing down. But I saw how it made me feel – and I could not give it up. I feel free and doubly alive – when I am on the road, in the hills, and I start singing. It’s the most enjoyable part of my life,” Oberoi enthused.
He began running in marathons at the early age of 55, in 2014, when he took part in a half-marathon. Since then he has notched up an enviable record according to a press release. In just the past four years, Oberoi has participated in 28 half marathons of 21 kms each, some in challenging conditions, for example along the steps of Khumbalgarh Fort (2nd only to The Great wall of China), in the rarified atmosphere of Ladakh, and in the hills of Shimla.
That is not all. He participated in two Ultras, which are longer than full marathons. The first one was of 50 kms in the Aravali Hills, followed just three days later, with the Mumbai Ultra, a 5 AM to 5 PM, 12-hour run, covering a distance of 100 kms. He also ran a 50 kms Ultra in tough conditions of the Thar Desert, the press release says.
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