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82-year-old 'Marathon Man' pens joys of running

PTI
Published Feb 25, 2014, 7:00 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 9:48 am IST
Ashis Roy has completed 115 marathon runs across the world within a span of 28 years.

New Delhi: At 82, when many find daunting theprospect of even taking a walk, Ashis Roy has completed 115 marathon runs across the world within a span of 28 years. He has chronicled the journey in his second book "Wonderful Joys of Running," which also talks about the benefits of running.

"I took up running at the age of 50 simply to better my health but what I discovered was a passion. Running not only made me healthy, it changed my personality," the practising physician cardiologist said. Roy, who does not let age come in the way of a career in running, released his book at the Press Club of India here on Monday.

 

"My friends who served with me in Indian Air Force where I worked for 21 years, said that I was very short-tempered and grumpy but now I am a changed man, much calmer and stress free," he said.

Roy has run 44 marathons in the US and 12 in Canada. Other countries include UK, Greece, Finland, Russia, Pakistan and Macau. "The lowest point was when in November 2011 my right lower limb was paralysed and I had to go for a neuro-surgical operation. It took me almost two years to recover and run marathons again," he said.

Roy claims to hold the unbroken Indian National record of marathon for 55 plus age group which he made in 1987 in a record time of 3 hours 10 minutes. His first book was on "The Joy of Running".

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