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Army Officer to run 4300 kms across India

New Delhi: Two legs marathon and the distance is 4300 kms ! In a bid to make it to the Guinness Book of World records, an Indian Army soldier, Naik Velu P, has on Tuesday started ultra-marathon from Srinagar to Kanyakumari and aims to complete huge distance within 50 days.

Naik Velu P, an ultra-marathoner, was given a grand welcome by Brigadier V Anand, Commandant and all ranks at Military Hospital Jalandhar on 05 April 2021 on his arrival from Srinagar via Pathankot. Naik Velu P born on 21 April 1991 at Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu) joined Indian Army in December 2011 (AMC).

He started ultra-marathon from Srinagar to Kanyakumari and completed 480 kms up to Jalandhar by covering an average distance of 80-100 kms per day. He is determined to create a new record by covering this mammoth distance of 4,300 km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

Naik Velu is serving as a Nursing Assistant in the 60 Para Field Hospital and is an ultra-marathoner who is attempting a Guinness world record by running from Kashmir to Kanyakumari for a distance of about 4,300 Kms within 50 days. This run is in the process of becoming an Asian record. The ultra-marathoner conveyed that his present run is with the motto of “One nation one spirit”.

Last year too in June, Naik Velu became the first Indian ultra-marathon-runner to complete 1600 kms in just 17 days. He has already won many ultra-marathon stuff-men and stadium runs across India. He has been representing Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in long distance runs for the last four years.

He will represent India this September for a stadium run at a world championship in Romania. All ranks of Vajra Corps wished him success in future events.

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