Arun Bhardwaj bio

Arun Bhardwaj
Email :
Cell Phone : 9213 964 901
Postal Address: Planning Commission, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001.
DoB: 24 February 1969
Birth Place: Village Baoli, Distt. Baghpat. UP.
Education: Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University
Occupation: Govt. Service (Planning Commission, New Delh) India
Height: 5 feet 8 inch, Weight: 65 kg
Family: Wife : Sangeeta, teacher in Central School. Daughters: Zola & Sofia (DoB 23.9.1998&12.1.2001), Son : Yiannis (12.7.2002).
Years running: On & off for 16 years. Ultras: 6 years

Personal Bests:

1. 180 km in 23.25 hours on 28-29 July 2000 (solo run from Haridwar to Baghpat, UP)
2. 270 km in 33.10 hr on 7-8 November 2001(solo run from Yojana Bhavan, New Delhi to National Ayurved Institute, Jorawar Singh Gate, Jaipur). Indian Record for the distance w.r.t. time taken.
3. 138.172 km in IAU Asia 24 hr Track Championships in Taiwan on 2-3 March 2002.(9th place). First Indian representative in any 24 hr Ultra Marathon.
4. 492 km in Australian 6-Day Race 17-23 Nov. 2002 & broke former Indian national record for 6 days race of 478 km made by Tirtha Kumar Phani in 1987. Thus, became first ever Indian to cross 300 miles in six days race (15th Place).
5. 516 km in Self-Transcendence 6-Days race, New York 27 April -3 May 2003 and became the first Indian to cross 500 km in a 6-Days race (7th Place).
6. 520 km in Copenhagen 6-Days challenge, Denmark 3 – 9 August 2003 (4TH place).
Became first Asian to complete three 6-Days races within one year, and every time with a new national record.
7. Finished IAU 100 Km World Cup 2003, Taiwan 16.11.2003. Became first ever Indian to participate and finish any 100 Km World Cup.
8. 501 km in International Six Days Running Championship, Mexico on 22-28 March 2004 (4th place in age category and 8th Place in general). First Indian representation in any Mexican ultramarathon championship.
10.532.8 km in Erkrath International 6-day race, Germany, 1-8 August 2004. Placed 15th. New Indian Record.
11. 550 km in 122.45 hr Delhi to Chandigarh and back.
12. MIR Marathon, Moscow, finished in 3.56.45 in –4 Deg. Celsius and Rain. (My first ever marathon)
13. 153 km in 24 hr Open Championship of Russia, 7-8 May 2005. Became the only Indian in the history of Russian Ultramarathon.
14. 558 km in 20th Australian Six Days Race, 20-26 Nov. 2005. 14th / 36. New Indian & South Asian Record. Got 26th place in the world rankings for 6-days races in 2005.
15. 521 km in Greek 7-Day Race, April 1-8 2006 (on a hilly course).
16. 3.34.56 Marathon, Meerut 22.Dec.2006. (My second marathon)
17. 370 km in 74.37 hrs i.e. Delhi-Shimla from 1 Feb to 4 Feb, 2007.

Typical training: It varies but normally 160 – 200 km/week. I sleep 4 hours only i.e. 12 mid night to 4 am and one night sleepless per week.
Injury history: None relating to running. Have undergone four major surgeries of Parotid Tumor between 14 and 17 years of age. I was very weak from my childhood, from the age of 6 to 19 yrs, I was a victim of malaria every year in rainy season. My body weight was only 26 kg when I was 14 years of age and 35 kg at 17 yrs. I, always, was the weakest boy of the class in my school time.
Favourite ultra foods: Totally vegetarian & teetotaler. Honey, fruit juice, banana and sugar cane.
Things I like most about ultra: Traveling, getting to make new friends. It gives opportunity to explore the unknown inner world and give spiritual ecstasy. I like my tears most during my ultras, I love them.
Things I hate most about ultras: Leaving my family waiting for me.
What got me started doing ultras: To produce myself as an example before my daughter that Everything is Possible for a willing heart..
Why I do ultras: I enjoy pushing myself to my limits. I am the only ultramarathon runner in India, a country of more than 1 billion people and that’s why I am facing very difficulty in continuing it. But I know that in future my story will become a great source of inspiration for coming generations and I would be satisfied by that reward. Also, the pure spirit I found in Ultra Marathoners is matchless, celestial and I want to be a part of them. When you run beyond the imagination, it gives a special sense of exceeding.
Ultra goals: 275+ in 24 hours. 400+ in 48 hours. 1000+ in 6 days. I aspire to finish and win every race of SCMT (upto 3100 miler). I also wish to run all state capitals of Indian states from New Delhi with a minimum recorded time.
Favourite ultra quotes: “Never Give Up”.
“If you have indomitable will-power then Impossibility-gate is not an obstruction.”
“When you believe then you can do it. Do you believe?”
I’ll want to quit, I’ll want to die. Let me die, don’t let me quit.”


39 Responses to “Arun Bhardwaj bio”

  1. nikhil Says:

    hello sir
    your profile is thrilling and mindblowing well sir i am from pune and planning to run meeut marathon2007 may u be able to provide me the race details such as registration date and contact no and email address and website address of the meerut race. i am planning for 21kms mens race
    thanking you

    my email address is as follows
    my mobile no is

  2. girish Says:

    Great stuff. Wishing you a injury free existence. As that is the only thing that can stop you. Best wishes.

  3. Mrunal Says:


    Great stuff bud! I am on the same ultra path myself, being a first generation Indian in the States. It is truly inspiring the passion and compassion you have for what you do…..I will agree, leaving the family behind waiting is the a tough pill to swallow.

    Keep on keeping on and being an inspiration.


  4. Arun Kumar Bhardwaj Says:

    Dear Mrunal,

    Thank you very much. I am sure one day I will be able to make you all, of my supporters and who understands my situation, proud by my achievements which will be of us collectively.


  5. devi prasad prajapati Says:

    respected sir,
    i am devi prasad prajapati my age is 21 years old and i am commerce gradutes i am also ultra runners but i have not any support for progress my sports activity. i am middle class family . my father is railway engineer i am dialy running 80 kms. sir my tagret is i am win ultra marathon running ,

    sir, you have god sir please hel me. if you have supported me so that change my future and i will also achive my tarhet sir, please halp me i am very helpless.

    my miobile no uis 09913690880.

    thank you,

  6. devi prasad prajapati Says:

    sir if i and you have meet so trhat 1+1 is 11 so that our target is achive very easily i will awit your dream reply.

  7. devi prasadprajapati Says:

    respected sir,
    i am devi prasadfrom gandhidham gujarat my age is 21 years i will participatedthe race delhi to dehradun andwhen therace host, please give all about informatyion of this race,

    thank you,

  8. Gunjan Priya Says:

    well I went through few bits of this page..Quite inspiring sir..Though I hope I am luckier in the sense that now I will be going through similar sort of things due to you..
    Thanks GURU

  9. tickoo.rohit Says:

    Brilliant….wishing you lots and lots of running……all the best

  10. Anil Says:

    Very impressive Bio Arun. Looking fwd to more records. I liked all your inter city runs. would be interesting if you could share your experience about shimla and delhi run.

  11. Arun Says:

    Dear Anil,
    Thank you very much for your inspirational words. Delhi-Shimla, it was a fine run but its too late to write a report on it because I will not get the words for the moments now which were actually happening at the time of running. I want to do it once again with below 72 hr timing. Also I faced no any hardship or injury during the race, which are the most essential part of remembrance of an ultra.
    Right Now I am planning to do a 100 mile attempt on treadmill in near future for which the negotations are on for sponsorship.

  12. Reigna Says:


    My heartiest Congratulations to you! I found your Bio in my search of info for Marathons. My husband is crazy about Marathons, he can run day n night but does not have adequate info on where and when these things take place. It has been his childhood dream to participate in such marathons but due to lack of support from family brfore marriage he could never attempt. I want to support him and help him live his dream. It would be great if you could share some upcoming info with us. It would be great if I could get to talk to you, in this regard.

    Wishing you success for today and forever!

  13. GAURAV Says:

    i am gaurav swami , doing MBA from Meereut.

    Gaurav Swami

  14. Arun Says:

    Sure Reigna, we can talk.

  15. Srikanth Perinkulam Says:

    Came across your blog while looking for cycling enthusiasts.
    Hat’s off to you and your determination!
    It’s a pity the sport’s authority’s is not even doing it’s little bit in helping you.
    Keep giving your best come what may and wish you a wonderful , injury free run to glory!

  16. Arun Says:

    Thanks Srikanth. Yes, it is a matter of extreme shame for that the authorities and persons who are responsible and are in position to grow a purest form of sporting event of ultramarathon is doing nothing, and not only this is enough for them- many times they tried their best to stop me in my strive for perfection and bring glory to India. But it is upon us, whether we want to continue or we want to quit. If we choose continue then no negative forces can stop us.

  17. Srikanth Perinkulam Says:

    Quite true!

  18. 2008 Athens International Ultra Festival « Planet Ultramarathon Says:

    […] BHARDWAJ ARUN […]

  19. Gunjan Priya Says:

    Hi sir,
    tried ur no so many times, but got no answer. When u called up I missed it. r u in Delhi right now??

  20. Peter John Karl Hunold Says:

    Good luck for your aim to bring Ultra-running to India.

    Are you sure you’re the only Indian Ultra-runner? No friends or family-members to run with?

    I’m sure you will change it.

    Best wishes from Germany (Nuermberg)


  21. Arun Says:

    Dear Peter,

    Thanks for your best wishes.
    Yes, I am the only ultrarmarathon runner in India. Though a 78 km unofficial ultramarathon runner held in bangalore in last December and a few athletes finished that run.


    – Arun

    • gp Says:

      GP again, I wanted to talk something about my niece, who is eager to meet you. She is 13 year old and loves running. but do not know when to catch u.

  22. GP Says:

    Do u have a no. now?
    How is everything…
    ya I do plan to run again, but really not sure when..

  23. Shakti Rathore Says:

    Jai ho guru dev

    Lets Run

    Always say do it

    Jai ho jai guru dev always help to break human barriers


    Shakti Rathore

  24. Chinar Says:

    Your bio is amazing…I am really feeling motivated about Running after reading ur bio…Thanks for letting us know about ur achievements 🙂

  25. Ravi Sagar Says:

    You will not be the only ultra marathon runner in India. I am sure you must have inspired many others with this blog.

    Keep running.

  26. Matthew Says:

    Hi, Arun,
    I saw you running in Athens during the Ultra Festival this year. Congratulations on your performance and place. Am sure with proper determination, you can develop the sport in India. Maybe organizing an ultra event there is a good start?

    All the best,

  27. Raj Thakur Says:

    Hi Arun

    I have been introduced to you by one of my freind Vijay who is great fan of yours and when i read your Bio me too follow through.
    Really i feel so proud to see an Indian in the world of UltraMarathon and that too at very high level.

    Depiste all odds from major surgeries to other heatlh issues you keep wining, that’s remarkable.
    You are a inspiration to the our fellow indians.
    I am budding Marathoner.I have done Mumbai Half marathon and feeling very motivated after going through your profile.
    I will go for full Marathon next year.

    Wishing you success and good health for forever!
    Wish you keep Running and bringing glories to our motherland!!!

    Raj Thakur

  28. Roger Henke Says:

    Hi Arun,
    Enjoyed your company very much at the Bhati lakes run!
    I will add your blog to the list of “friends” on our trailrunningnepal site. Hope you can return the favor and help link up the long distance running community in South Asia,
    Good luck with the Calcutta project!
    warm regards,

  29. Bhupendrasing Rajput Says:

    Dear Arun,

    Very impressive track record and you must be highly self controlled human being.

    If I compare myself with you, I am almost of your age and weight and also about appetite. The only and major difference is in your running records (skyhigh) as against that of mine. I am proud of you and am sure that your record shall inspire me to improve mine.


    Bhupendrasing Rajput

  30. param narang Says:

    Dear Arun Bhai,
    You are a great inspiration for newbie runners like me.
    I plan to run ultra distances for a cause,specifically for under -privleged children in villages and remote parts of will be nice to get your support and guidance.

    Param Narang

  31. Akshay Says:

    You are simply inspirations and truly exceptional. Hope I can tread few inches closer to you someday. And thanks for doing this in India where serious running hardly exists.

  32. Samir Says:

    Read article in Times of India today. You are really role model for runners. Salute to you!!!

  33. lokender Says:

    xllent arunji, going through ur list of achievements gives us insipiration and speak about your passion for running .read today ur article in times of india.superb efforts and hats off to you.jai hind.

  34. Dhiraj Says:

    Arun, It was pleasure meeting you in Hyderabad. I think you have conquered food habits, sleep, pain etc. You are very inspirational. I liked your comment that when body is put to limit then only we can understand thoughts or heart or mind. And we have to go beyond. Thanks for coming down to Hyderabad. We are very much motivated by meeting you.

  35. Ravi Khanna Says:

    Arun, you are surely an inspiration. Reading about you gives a kick that anything is possible if willpower is strong. My best wishes to you for upcoming Marathons…after I get to know about you, I too will be running in my first ever half marathon shortly….and then full marathon… Keep running…Keep inspiring

  36. vishal walia Says:

    i m glad 2 be with arun bhardwaj…he iz the 1 of the brave man which i have ever made…i m thkfull 2 him n wanna 2 say 1 thng.if u wana 2 do somthng u can do evrythng…..salute uuu sir..

  37. saurabh Says:

    Hello, how are your running is going on from kargil to kanyakumari i am very interested please tell me. you are my are my first inspiration in my life.i am also a runner but i run only 3500metre in a day with my full effort.fist i listen you in a newspaper i was surprised how is possiblep. i read you everyday for inspire. myself. Thank you
    place -gurgaon(haryana)
    date – 1/12/2012

  38. om prakash Says:

    hats off to ur determination , sir
    ur deeds r incredible.
    i wish u injury free life.

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