India’s Top 9 Ultra Runners Aim For Glory In 24-Hour World Championship in France
India’s top 9 ultra runners, Bengaluru’s Ullas Narayana and Delhi’s Apoorva Chaudhary, will lead the country’s challenge in the IAU 24-hour World Championship in Albi, France, over this weekend.
Pune: India’s top 9 ultra runners, Bengaluru’s Ullas Narayana and Delhi’s Apoorva Chaudhary, will lead the country’s challenge in the IAU 24-hour World Championship in Albi, France, over this weekend.
Ullas Narayana, a veteran runner from Bengaluru who works in Vancouver (Canada) now, qualified for the World Championship by covering a mind-boggling 250.371 kms during the 24-hour Stadium Run a couple of months back.
Among women, Delhi’s Apoorva covered 176.8kms to become India’s top candidate and both will fancy their chances in the gruelling competition. The 9 runners, including 5 men and 4 women, have been selected by the Athletics Federation of India, and are being sponsored by IDBI Federal Life Insurance, which holds various marathons in India, and NEB Sports.A five-member support crew, including 3 ultra marathon runners and a leading sports medicine specialist, are part of the travelling contingent.
“At IDBI Federal Life Insurance, we are strongly committed to the cause of health and fitness.
Supporting the sport of ultra-running is another step in this direction,” the company’s Chief Marketing Officer Karthik Raman said. “We are delighted to see India field such a strong team this year. We are confident of some great results as the team has been preparing very hard at a training camp, with valuable inputs from coaches, nutritionists and physiotherapists,” he added.
The world’s top marathoners and ultra runners from 45 countries, including women’s world record holder Camille Herron, are competing. Those who