Running for social missions has always been under the belt of 62-year-old marathon runner Kumar Ajwani who rose to fame by covering 4,246 km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 70 days earlier this year. Ajwani, a Mumbai-based financial consultant, is excited to take part in a three-day 145km run to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26. He will be accompanied by eleven others who will depart from Thane on July 24 to reach the National War Memorial in Pune on July 26.
If K2K (Kashmir to Kanyakumari) was a race for a cause, a journey of learning, growth and discovery, Ajwani said the Kargil Vijay Diwas race is conducted to honor soldiers who gave their lives in war of Kargil and celebrate Vijay Diwas on July 26th. As part of the event, Ajwani and his team donated four air conditioners to the gym at Army Para Node, where 22 Army para-athletes are competing in the Paralympic Games in 2024. Army Para Node is a node sportsman who serves the specially authorized personnel of the army.
Founder of the Team Fab Foundation, Kumar Ajwani entered the London World Book of Records for being the first senior to run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 70 days. Of his limitless energy reserves at this age, Ajwani said, “If you want to keep your mind healthy as you age, research indicates that exercise is one of the best things you can do. Running is one of them, and it breaks all the chains of limiting self-belief.
The marathon runner who grew up in Bandra enjoyed playing football as a teenager. Growing up, he put aside his interest in sports to prioritize his family and his career. However, when one of his colleagues presented him with a 21 km bib to run the Mumbai Marathon in 2005, Ajwani’s enthusiasm rebounded and he started hitting the gym and taking up running seriously. He did his first ultra marathon – a distance of 50km – near Bangalore in 2012.
Shortly after running quite a bit over the years, he decided to get involved in fundraising and ran for farmers in 2017-18. Ajwani traveled 900 km through Maharashtra and raised enough funds to donate 32 Gir cows to small farmers. In 2019, Ajwani traveled 1,400 km from Mumbai to Delhi in 27 days and raised Rs 20 lakh from Pune-based Queen Mary’s Technical Institute which works for the welfare of disabled soldiers.
Ajwani registered Team Fab Foundation as a charity to continue the work that has now helped them upgrade a semi-government hospital and school in hamlets near Nashik.