#WhyIRun | Anand for Bal Utsav | TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2016

Briefly introduce yourself. (Occupation, Location, Interests, Hobbies, etc) : Am a Startup evangelist, has over 18 years of diverse and progressive experience in creating effective Business Development, Loyalty, Mobile Marketing solutions & e-commerce. I specialize in developing business and transformation strategies & has worked with the senior leadership of a number of global & local organizations in helping them transform their businesses in preparation for the future .I have been helping organizations layout their future roadmaps against an agenda of constant change. Currently, the Business Lead for the Apollo’s newly formed Joint Venture between Lycos Internet under the name Apollo Lycos Netcommerce Ltd, helping brands to go online through their end-to-end ecommerce capabilities under one roof. Am an avid traveler, loves to play all sports and have been running marathons across the major cities last 7 years.

Why did you choose to run for Bal Utsav? : Bal Utsav is one of the best NGO ‘s have come across who is doing a great job. Always wanted to associate with such team and contribute my best directly or indirectly for such noble cause.

Are you an ardent runner and what does run for a cause mean to you? : Yes, am an ardent runner and it gives me some kind of satisfaction and happiness.

How much donations do you wish to raise for the cause of #EducationMakesAllTheDifference during the 2016 Edition of TCS World 10K Bengaluru? : Haven’t kept any target, but I want to ensure that I spread it to my entire network across professionally and personally

What’s driven you to run and raise money? : It’s the best combination of creating awareness to the world by showcasing “charity through fitness”

What are your biggest challenges as a runner? : Discipline, dedication, and diet are the three things which challenge you as a runner

What’s one piece of advice you have for other runners? : Enjoy every run as a new experience and don’t chase the time very seriously

Are there best practices you have found that make your event successful year after year? : One advice , you should also encourage the donors to celebrate good occasions at Bal Utsav venues, example : Create a birthday packages for the Donor Kids , where they can invite friends and families celebrate through donating their time and happiness together.

What was the feeling of being involved with Bal Utsav and its activities? : It’s always a great pleasure .

Do you think that the cause of #EducationMakesAllTheDifference could make a difference? : Certainly…”Knowledge can disrupt the whole ecosystem”

What does it mean to be back in 2017 for the cause of #EducationMakesAllTheDifference ? : Contribute bit more than donating…

What would you say to motivate more people to run for a cause? : Run for the body fitness and do the charity for the healthy happy soul..!

Do you have a defined goal for your timing on race day? : I would like to end the race with happiness ..other than that I don’t chase time

How has your family reacted to this challenge? : They are quite motivated and inspired to participate

The financial outcome from 2016 will be applied in providing whole school transformation of Government schools, are you optimistic? : Yes

What is your running goal for 2016? : Participate at least 3 cities marathon and run consistently throughout the year

A runner you admire? : Every runner I come across and the favorite one is Milind Soman and Yolanda Holder

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