The Hindu

Of charity, running shoes and indomitabl­e will

- SPECIAL CORRESPOND­ENT

CHENNAI: A doctor, an architect and a corporate executive will be among the thousands who will participat­e in The Wipro Chennai Marathon – 2015. These runners are different from most others who will be a part of the marathon. They will run for charity. They have chosen the NGOs for which they will run and raise money.

Meet 48-year old Lakshmi Sundar, a diabetic foot specialist, who has been running “In July, I managed to complete a 10-kilometre run after getting trained by Dream Runners,” says Ms. Sundar.

This time, however, she is running for an NGO called Eureka Child Foundation which works towards providing education for children.

For this 49-year-old, running signifies family time. This Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific financial services, Accenture, runs with his wife Jhayashri and sons R. Sudarshan and R. Anantaajit­h. for an NGO called Junior Achievemen­t India.

“They work with school children in the age group of 5-9 years and expose them to career choices,” he explains.

He has completed five halfmarath­ons and is expecting to participat­e in a full marathon next time.

Much before Chennai was gripped by the running craze, this architect was running down the streets of Adyar.

“I have been running since 2002 in Chicago. I used to run near the lake front in Chicago and after getting trained, I immediatel­y participat­ed in the full marathon,” she says.

“I moved to Chennai in 2006 and continued running. Initially, not many used to run and dogs were a problem. But that did not deter me,” she says. This time, she and her husband Jaideep Vivekanand are running for Manomani Trust. “They work for the needy and the elderly. They are constructi­ng a building called Anbagam near Red Hills,” she says.

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