Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now


You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
11,872.1031.65
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Corporate bosses led the way at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon this year

Several top bosses said the ADHM participation contributes to creating a healthy workplace environment.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 22, 2019, 11.11 AM IST
0Comments
BCCL
Corporate heads as pacers at ADHM 2019: (From left) Nikhil Arora, Vice-president and MD, GoDaddy India; Neeraj Dhiman, Vice-president, DBS Bank; Sugandhi Garg, MD, Vichara Technologies; Umesh Gupta, India Lead-Payments, Conduent Business Services India LLP, and Gaurav Pant, Director, GMAC
Corporate heads as pacers at ADHM 2019: (From left) Nikhil Arora, Vice-president and MD, GoDaddy India; Neeraj Dhiman, Vice-president, DBS Bank; Sugandhi Garg, MD, Vichara Technologies; Umesh Gupta, India Lead-Payments, Conduent Business Services India LLP, and Gaurav Pant, Director, GMAC.
Running is turning out to be the largest human resource activation, having a direct impact on team building and employee camaraderie. Corporate houses, including TATA, Godrej, Airtel, Optum, Deloitte and others, are investing heavily to get to the start line of marathons.

Many of these leaders have gone beyond their boardrooms and made their way to the starting line of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) 2019.

For the 15th edition of the event, promoters Procam International had 19 pacers for the amateur half marathon this year.

“Running has gone beyond keeping fit or leading a healthy lifestyle,” said Vivek Singh, Jt MD, Procam International. “The corporate executives of India have learnt important lessons through running and are applying them in their boardrooms. At Procam, we decided to take it one step further. So, we brought in the leaders of India as pacers to help amateur runners achieve their targets. They selflessly motivated more than 14,000 runners to complete the distance within their target time at the recent ADHM 2019.”

Keeping pace
Dr Nalin Shinghal, CMD, BHEL, said that participation in ADHM contributes to creating a healthy workplace environment. “BHEL has always promoted sports and the spirit of sportsmanship among its employees, and some of them have raised awareness for various social causes during the half-marathon,” he said.

Umesh Gupta, India Lead-Payments, Conduent Business Services India LLP, who paced the 1 hour 55 mins bus this year, said that running has helped him become a better professional. “For every goal to be achieved, time and pace of work is the most essential factor. After running for several years, I try to chalk out my professional life like a marathon, wherein I ensure that I stay determined and diligent until I achieve my goal.”

Vivek Singh-Jt. MD-Procam International
Vivek Singh, Jt MD of Procam International, believes running has taught corporate executives of India important lessons.

Sugandhi Garg, MD, Vichara Technologies, expressed her delight about the increase in the number of women runners in the capital city, “Running not only helps one keep fit, but also provides energy and self-confidence for one’s profession. Running has helped me take care of my family’s health and become more diligent in my profession.”

The finish line
Nikhil Arora, Vicepresident and MD, GoDaddy India, said that pacing in a marathon has helped him understand the essence of teamwork, “Running a successful business is like running a marathon. Nobody can achieve goals in a silo. A good team backing you up is essential for success. While pacing in the marathon, I realised that I couldn’t go too fast or slow down. I had to maintain my pace so that we all finish the race and succeed together.”

Gaurav Pant, Director, GMAC, believes that pacing has helped him understand his team members better, “When we lead a team in our companies, we expect everyone to deliver. However, while pacing, I realised that as a leader, I need to ensure that everyone is playing to his strengths.”

Neeraj Dhiman, Vicepresident, DBS Bank, shared that pacing is more challenging than achieving his personal best. “Collective success for me is more important than an individual win. This year, I have also decided to #gobeyond and committed myself to raise funds for an NGO.”

A Run For Their Money: Unique Races Around The World

of 5
Next
Prev
Play Slideshow

Beating The Odds

9 May, 2018
Marathons are a dime a dozen these days. But if adventure and wanting to beat the odds is more your thing, give these unique races around the world a shot. Last man standing This world run has a moving finish line in the form of a car. The vehicle starts moving 30 minutes into the race, and gradually increases its speed to out-run participants. The last person left running is declared the winner with all proceeds from the race going to fund spinal cord research. Participants from 58 countries across the world set off at exactly at the same time for this race. Last year, Polish runner Bartosz Olszewski ran 88.24km. (Text: Shannon Tellis)
Next

Want stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the daily ET Panache newsletter.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also Read

Airtel Delhi half marathon: Ethiopa’s Belihu, Gemechu defend titles

From boardrooms to the running track: India Inc to take part in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon: Wanted to show that one can run even in pollution, says winner Kipchoge

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon: Olympic medallist Kipchoge wins men's race, Ethiopia's Degefa clinches women's title

Comments
Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Other useful Links


Follow us on


Download et app


Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service