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Gul Mohamed Akbar is considered as one of the pioneers of the running movement in Bengaluru. Twenty one years ago, he started cross country distance running with the hashers, and has run in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa, and even on different islands in the Andaman & Nicobar. For eight years when he was abroad he continued cross country running in Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Istanbul, San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana (Mexico).

Till date he has run two full, six half marathons and 358 cross country 10K runs.

In fact the media referred to him as Bangalore’s Marathon Man when he conducted and ran one of the city’s first Marathons at Golden Palms Resorts in 2003. This run was the inspiration for Bangalore’s first Official Marathon – Lipton’s International Bangalore Marathon 2005. The Founder of this company Neeraj Verma named Gul as the inspiration for bringing the Marathon to our city. His question of ‘Why should Bangaloreans travel to another city to run a Marathon?’ was answered.

He was instrumental in introducing the Worlds First 10 K at night, in the last edition of the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon when he took over as Race Director.

He falls under a rare category of being a race administration who still runs marathons.

He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do with five gold medals to his credit and a brown belt in Karate.

He has been writing a fitness column in the Times of India Bangalore, Wellness page, for the past seven years on topics related to running, martial arts, swimming and weight lifting.

Running, martial arts and fitness are his hobbies.

By profession he is in the real estate business. He specializes in facilitating Joint Development of properties.

His favourite line on is, “Running was the basic working out for warriors since ancient times. There is nothing like running, try it!”

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