Anil conquers Comrades Marathon

10 September, 2019

Anil Malik participated in Comrades Marathon, the world’s oldest ultramarathon race. Read about his experience & his future ambitions

Anil Malik, Hindalco Anil Malik from Hindalco recently participated in Comrades, a 90-km run which is considered as the ultimate human race. The marathon is held annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Comrades' spirit is embodied by the camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, perseverance and endurance. This year, 25,000 runners registered for the event with around 200 participants from India.

Prepping for Comrades

Anil has always been keenly interested in sports and strives to engage his mind and body in various physical activities. Six years ago, after reviewing his strengths, he decided to pursue running with full vigour and passion. His firm belief is standing out from the crowd. For Comrades, Anil prepared intensely for four months, covering 90-100 km a week and simulating hostile, hilly conditions.

Comrades Marathon is the ultimate test of endurance, resilience, grit and determination; pushing even the best athletes to their absolute limits. The route passes through 5 big and around 25 small hills. Runners are required to not only finish the race but also cross six points within the stipulated time; else they will be disqualified. Over 50% of participants experience several risks like cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhoea, pain, and fatigue.

The experience

For Anil, Comrades was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, full of milestones and challenges. He finished the race in 10 hours and 36 minutes. His biggest takeaway from the marathon was knowing that regardless of challenges, taking the first few steps, learning from failures, and making amends go a long way in achieving his goals. If one has the desire to accomplish something, nothing is impossible.

Anil has a message for all aspiring runners: gradually set your pace and have multiple plans up your sleeve. Preparing for a marathon isn't a one-time thing; it involves training throughout the year, eating the right food, staying healthy and always being ready to run. He says that runners should be passionate, go out of their comfort zone, set targets and work on their goals.

Anil isn't planning to stop anytime soon. His immediate goal is to get a time of under 3 hours 45 minutes in the forthcoming Mumbai Marathon, and a time of 9 hours 30 minutes in the next Comrades. We wish him good luck!