About Coach

| Monday, August 7, 2017 |
Having served the nation with the Indian Air Force for 21 years, ‘Coach Pani’- as he is fondly called- took up serious running in 1977 during his military training. He started as a middle distance runner representing various Commands under Indian Air Force in 800m; 1500m; 3000m steeple chase; 5000m & 10000m at the Air Force Athletics Championship. He also took part in the Cross Country Events and represented Air Force at the Inter-Services Cross Country Championship. Slowly, he transitioned into long distance running moving from 10000 m to full marathon and before he retired from the Air Force in 1998, amongst various other records, he had to his credit a sub 3-hour finish running 42.195 kms – what the world knows as the Marathon.

After a very active running career he took a 10 year long break from running, returning to racing only in 2008 at Bangalore’s first Sunfeast World 10K (now TCS 10K). And to say that he was back, would be an understatement. It was like putting a fish back in the water! He got passionately involved with Bangalore’s Nike + Run Club (N+RC), Runners For Life (RFL) and more.

Coach Pani is currently the chief coach and prime mover of the PaceMakers. In his two years as mentor of the group, his mentees have made rapid strides in the world of Indian amateur running. While almost all PaceMakers have begun their journey of injury-free running and constant trysts with Personal Bests, the very best of the brigade are constant features on the podiums of amateur races across India and also have attained the coveted ‘BQ’ status.  Coach Pani was also closely involved with the Nike Run Club at Bangalore as its Head Coach.

List of his achievements

ABBOT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS
  • 🗹  BOSTON MARATHON 2015 - BIB# 19010 - 03:38:06
  • 🗹  43rd BMW BERLIN MARATHON 2016 - BIB# 23598 - 03:33:04
  • 🗹  TOKYO MARATHON 2017 - BIB# 82058 - 03:41:35
  • ▢  BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON 2017
  • ▢  TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON 2017
  • ▢  VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON 2018

Bangalore Ultra 2013
  • ●  50 K - 4:47:52 - First - Senior Men.

Marathon
  • ●  SCMM 2017 - 3:31:07 - Fourth - Senior Veteran Category ( 55 – 60 Yrs ).
  • ●  SCMM 2016 - 3:42:12 - Second - Senior Veteran Category ( 55 – 65 Yrs ).
  • ●  SCMM 2015 - 3:42:57 - Fourth - Senior Veteran Category ( 55 – 65 Yrs ).
  • ●  SCMM 2014 - 3:35:54 - Second - Senior Veteran Category ( 55 – 65 Yrs ).
  • ●  SCMM 2013 - 3:42:32 - Second - Senior Veteran Category ( 55 – 65 Yrs ).
  • ●  SCMM 2012 - 3:38:32 - Eleventh - Veteran Category ( 45 – 55 Yrs ).
  • ●  Air Force Athletics Championship, Allahabad, ( 95 – 96 ) - 3:12:00 - Second.
  • ●  Air Force Athletics Championship, Bangalore, ( 87 – 88 ) - 2:59:00 - Third.

International Marathon
  • ●  BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON 2015 - 4:11:04

Half Marathon
  • ●  Dream Runners Half Marathon - 2017 - 1:41:49 - First - ( 55 and above )
  • ●  Satara Hill Marathon - 2015 - 1:45:46 - Third - ( 55 to 64 Yrs )
  • ●  Spirit Of Wipro Run - 2015 - 1:38:27.
  • ●  Ajmera Thump Celebration Run - 2014 - 1:40:10 - Fourth - Senior Men
  • ●  Airtel Hyderabad Marathon - 2014 - 1:39:49 - First - Super Veteran.
  • ●  IBM Bluemix Monsoon Marathon - 2014 - 1:33:23 - Fifth - Open Category.
  • ●  Mysore Celebration Run - 2013 - 1:38:00 - Third - Senior Men.
  • ●  Airtel Hyderabad Marathon - 2013 - 1:44:25 - First - Super Veteran.
  • ●  Ajmera Thump Celebration Run - 2013 - 1:42:12 - Third - Senior Men
  • ●  Mysore Celebration Run - 2012 - 1:40:03 - Third - Senior Men.
  • ●  Kaveri Trail Half Marathon - 2010 - 1:35:20 - Second - Senior Men.

TCS World 10K Bangalore
  • ●  2017 - 43:59 - Third - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2016 - 43:22 - Third - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2015 - 42:58 - First - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2014 - 44:00 - Fifth - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2013 - 45:16 - First - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2012 - 44:10 - First - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2011 - 44:00 - First  - U 60 Yrs.

Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore
  • ●  2010 - 43:26 - Second - U 60 Yrs.
  • ●  2009 - 46:43 - Third - U 60 Yrs.

Bengaluru 10K Challenge
  • ●  2017 - 42:58 - Third - 55+ Men
  • ●  2016 - 42:26 - Third - 55+ Men
  • ●  2015 - 42:55 - First - 55+ Men

Kaveri Trail Marathon ( KTM )
  • ●  2009 10 K - 42:43 - First - Senior Men.

16th Asia Masters Athletics Championship, Malaysia, Dec 2010
  • ●  5000M - Sixth - 19:50.

34th National Masters Athletics Championship, Bangalore, June 2013
  • ●  3000M Steeple Chase - First - 13:39.9.
  • ●  5000M Run - Third - 23:08.4.
  • ●  10,000M Run - Third - 45:26.4.

31st National Masters Athletics Championship, Tamil Nadu, Feb, 2010
  • ●  5000M - Third - 19:50.4.

Urban Stampede 2010
  • ●  4 X 5 K - Mixed Category - First - 1:22.36.

Air Force Athletics Championship, Kanpur - ( 92 – 93 )
  • ●  3000M Steeple Chase - 00:10:17.19.
  • ●  10,000M Run - Third - 00:36:11.

Air Force Athletics Championship, Agra - ( 81 – 82 )
  • ●  800M - Third - 00:1:59
  • ●  1500M - Second - 00:4:12
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