The journey is perhaps the most important part of a run
T.V. Govindaraju - Born to Run
With a passion to chase milestones, Govindaraju, our shipping Executive at the HCCB factory in Bidadi, has a clear purpose in his life: To run for India and to prepare the next generation of athletes.
His journey began when his mother spotted his joy for running at the age of seven and decided to nurture his dream in that direction. Albeit his father’s wish was to make him a farmer. A journey that took wings at such a tender age, has now seen recognition from various parts of India and across the world. T.V. Govindaraju has won more than 80 medals at various formats of running. Be it 400-meter race, 800 meters, 4X400 meters relay race, marathon race – he has championed it all. Recently he performed brilliantly at the 8th Indonesia Open Masters Athletics Championships 2018 in Jakarta (Indonesia) and bagged the Bronze for India.
This bronze medal took his tally to 83. He is now only 17 short of one of his career milestones. The other of course is to train atleast 2,000 young athletes to run for their state / country. He is nearing that as well. Thanks to the many weekend evenings that he has spent at National College, Basavangudi, as a fitness trainer. He is a trainer pro bono, but the satisfaction that he gets out of shaping young people (literally and figuratively) is fuel for him for weeks. “In times when physical activity is not a natural part of our routine, I want to spread awareness about the importance of being fit to these budding students. And I do that by encouraging them to run” he says with a degree of nonchalance. When quizzed about how running has changed his own life, he says “Running is not just about being fit physically, it is about building a positive mindset to handle any challenge across different walks of life. At work, I bring the same discipline of an athlete by being focused and remaining positive.”
In his free time, he also spends time with young aspiring athletes and volunteers as a fitness trainer at National College, Basavanagudi. These days you will find him training with much more intensity than the usual. Because in a few months, he will strive to conquer his career dream – a gold medal for India at the International Masters in Italy. A billion people are hoping he does!!