Running Mentor

Jessie Bensson

2017 : Jessie Benson

American Jessie Benson is an avid distance runner who loves the marathon distance the best, but she enjoys races of all distances from 1 mile to 26.2 miles (i.e. 42km for her Indian friends!) She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota , where the weather is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.Jessie is a certified running coach who currently coaches athletes in the US and is looking forward to sharing her tips and experiences with the running community in IndiaShe ran her first marathon in 2005 after which she definitely caught the running bug. She has now run 27 full marathons, including 3 international races (Tokyo, London, and Berlin). She is on her way to complete her 6th World Major Marathon this November in New York City. She qualified for the Boston Marathon twice in 2016 and completed it in 2017. She also has the goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 US states and a marathon on each of the seven continents.

Jessie not a natural runner; she didn't run at all when she was younger. It wasn't until after she went to Chicago to watch her sister run the marathon there that she was inspired by what she witnessed at the race- so many people pushing themselves beyond their limits! She decided she wanted to run a marathon herself, so she found an online plan for beginning runners and completed her first marathon, the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, the following October.In addition to the countless health benefits of running, Jessie also quickly realized just how much joy running can bring, socially and spiritually. Running has given her opportunities to see the world; she believes that there is no better way to explore than in her running shoes. She loves to run in new places when she's traveling (like Jaipur!) Running is the best way to explore and connect with other runners across the world. Though Jessie has trained hard to improve her running, she says its not about time or pace. There is room on the road for ALL runners, no matter the level, from beginners who are just starting with a walk/jog to elite runners.

Jessie says, "Everyone SHOULD run- it's the best!"

2016 : Sunita Gadara

Sunita Gadara

An eminent international athlete marathoner of repute. She has completed 76 Full marathons till date and won 25 Golds, 12 Silvers & 13 Bronze medals across the globe in 26 countries and a total of 120,000 Kms covered in training. Record of more than 200 international Races include 123 Half Marathons in Marathon running carrier till 2010.

Having won international marathons in Asia in Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, Egypt, Holland, Japan &among top ten in Paris, Melbourne - Australia, Macau, Poland, Italy, Istanbul, Belgrade, Las Vegas. She has done world famous Boston, Berlin &London Marathons.

In 1992 won the 3rd Asian Marathon Championship Gold & Bronze Medal in 1996For last one decade since 2006 Dr Sunita is involved with Marathon organization professionally as the ‘Elite Indian Marathon Runners Coordinator‘ with top 12 Marathons in India. Dr Sunita Godara has created a support system for Runners ‘Elite Marathon Club‘ Pan India. She is the Marathon Ambassador &Race Director for many City Marathons.Olympic Torch Bearer/Escort Runner at the Atlanta Olympics 1996.

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