New Delhi: A 74-year-old Indian made history by becoming the first Asian to run highest number of 75 marathons when he successfully completed the Country Music Marathon at Nashville, Tennessee (USA) on Saturday.
Ashis Roy of Delhi finished the full marathon of 42.2 km at 5 hours 38 minutes alongside 7000 runners in hot weather conditions and hilly terrains which made running difficult.
Roy ran a well-planned race and inspite of pain in hips and knees due to Osteo-arthritis, he made a vast improvement of nine minutes in the timings of his last marathon in Virgina Beach one month ago.
Roy trained hard for last five weeks in extreme cold climate of -10 C to -14 C temperature with strong wind of 50 km per hour and sometimes with snow in US and Canada.
Roy’s other extraordinary achievements in Marathon running include 20 wins in 31 marathons in India in 45+ years age group. He also holds the Indian record for marathon of 3hr 10 min, in the 55+ years age group made by him in 1987.
Roy was declared winner in his age group in 15 of the 44 marathons in foreign countries, which includes USA (19), Canada (7), UK (2) and one each in Greece, Holland, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Macau, and Pakistan.
He is also the only Asian to run three marathons on three consecutive Sundays in USA in 1999 at the age of 67 years and stood first in all three in age group. Unfortunately, Roy’s achievements have not been recognized by the authorities in India, his home turf.