RAAM finisher Samarth wants to develop sports in Nagpur

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Pune: Amit Samarth, who hails from Nagpur, made history last month, becoming the first Indian to complete the Race Across America (RAAM) in solo category in his first attempt. The cyclist says his vision is to see Nagpur as a sports city in Maharashtra.

RAAM is considered the longest and toughest cycle race. The race is held under categories of solo, two, four and eight member team. Mahajan brothers - Hitendra and Mahendra - were the only Indians to complete the race in 2015 in a team of two.

Pune: Amit Samarth, who hails from Nagpur, made history last month, becoming the first Indian to complete the Race Across America (RAAM) in solo category in his first attempt. The cyclist says his vision is to see Nagpur as a sports city in Maharashtra.

RAAM is considered the longest and toughest cycle race. The race is held under categories of solo, two, four and eight member team. Mahajan brothers - Hitendra and Mahendra - were the only Indians to complete the race in 2015 in a team of two.

“The only motivation which kept me pushing to complete the race was to start a sports school in Nagpur which will train interested people in running, cycling, swimming and many other sports events. This will not only make Nagpur city proud but will also showcase more success stories in the future,” Samarth said.

Samarth is a doctor by profession and has participated in both national and international marathon and triathlon events in the last couple of years. “I took cycling seriously in 2012, when I was qualified for Iron Man 180 km race. I purchased a cheap imported cycle and won the race. From that instance onwards, cycling became my passion and I achieved a lot in it,” Samarth said
The race started on June 13 in San Diego, California and ended on June 25 at Annapolis, Maryland. “My training period for RAAM started in December and in a week, I cycled 1,500 km along with swimming and running exercises. It took me 11 days, 21 hours to complete the race as it was suppose to be completed in 12 days. No extra time is given in these 12 days,” Samarth added.

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