‘Running around’ may be part of a district collector’s job, but here is someone who has taken it to another level.
Bhopal district magistrate Nishant Warwade on Sunday completed the 21.1-km Delhi half marathon, taking 2 hours and 8 minutes to run the distance. Warwade now plans to run the full 42-km marathon in Mumbai in January and is training for that.
The 2003-batch officer took up the long distance running as recently as 2010, and it was for a purpose. “I wanted to quit smoking and was told if I took up running it would help me kick the habit. I quit smoking and started running and have never felt better,” says Warwade, jogging his memory.
The DM runs every day in the morning, a schedule he has been following since 2010 when he was posted in Hoshangabad. The work schedule in Bhopal as DM is very demanding but he tries his best to find time for running.
The Delhi half marathon is both an ‘elite runner’ and a ‘mass participation’ event. It has a total of 4 races, 3 of which, the great Delhi race (7 kms), a senior citizens race (4.3 kms) and a champions with disability race (3.5 kms) are for amateurs, while the 21.01-km half marathon is for elite runners.
Preparations for the 42-km full marathon to be held in Mumbai on January 18 next year are on. Does the DM see any similarity between running a marathon and a career in the civil services? “Yes, in some ways. Both are a test of endurance,” he says.