Continuing with our series on runners close to home, we bring you yet another round of Digital Inspiration that focuses on versatile Indian personalities who consider running an important part of their lives, and who share their love and insights into the sport on social media.

Michelle Kakade


In October this year, Michelle Kakade started her 6010 km journey across the Indian Golden Quadrilateral to enter the Guinness World Records. Flagging off from the Gateway of India, the passionate Pune-based ultrarunner will be covering approx 35 km every day, and is expected to complete the run in 171 stages spread over 187 days. To encourage first timers to take up running, she also plans to have ‘Run with Michelle – 5K’ runs in the 14 metros that she will pass through. You can follow Michelle’s journey on her oft-updated Twitter page.

Milind Soman


Super model, actor, barefoot runner and Pinkathon founder Milind Soman is an inspiration to runners across India. The recently titled Ironman is also a Limca Record holder for running 1,500 km in 30 days; and makes his love for running very evident on social media. A keen advocate of the sport, he has been involved in several fitness-related causes and events and is a regular participant in marathons across the country.

Sunita Williams


Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams doesn’t let being in space get in the way of her marathon goals. On April 16, 2007, Williams finished the 2007 Boston Marathon in four hours and 24 minutes—the first person in space to attempt this. Further, in September 2012, she became the first person to do a triathlon in space, which coincided with the Nautica Malibu Triathlon held in Southern California on Earth. Apart from these, she’s got quite a track record on solid ground as well. You can follow her running adventures in space and on Earth through her Twitter feed.

Shibani Gharat

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Journalist and athlete Shibani Gharat is an enthusiastic marathon and ultrarunner, who became the first non-Ladakhi woman in India to complete the Khardung La Challenge — an ultra marathon that takes place at the Khardung La pass, which at 18,380 feet above sea level,is the highest motorable road in the world. Apart from this, she has also completed several others including SCMM, Nilgiri Ultramarathon and Bangalore Ultra. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for updates on where she’s running next.

Magandeep Singh


When India’s first French-qualified Sommelier and founder of Wi-not isn’t zipping around the globe doing all things wine, he concentrates his energies on fitness in general, and running to be precise. Among his recent achievement are the New Delhi Half Marathon and the Bangalore marathon to name a few. You can read more of his running philosophy in this short chat with FirstRun or follow his frequent tweets for more.

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