About - Profile
Lihas Ashwin TrivediTriathlete, Ultramarathon Runner, Founder Amdavad Distance Runners- a group for Runners
Birth date : 26 Oct 1969
Present Occupation: Founder Director, LS Sports Management Pvt. Ltd. A Sports events management company.
Achievements so far...
Limca Book Record for Running 25 hours on Treadmill covering distance of 194.02kms.
National record of Running 24 hours in Gurgaon covering 182kms.
Ultramarathons: 14 (Singapore, South Africa, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Ooty, Hongkong, Rann of Kutchh, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Faridabad,Indonesia, France, Finland)
Comrades Ultramarathon: Durban, South Africa, first from Gujarat.
Ironman 70.3: Perth, Australia first from Gujarat along with Dr. Jagat Patel.
There are many firsts to my name: Singapore, Hongkong, Comrades, Ironman 70.3, Indonesia, France(UTMB), Finland (North Pole Ultra Race)
Top Marathons I have participated : (Greece, Kaveri Trail Mysore, Mumbai, Hyderabad )
Several Half Marathons
How it all happened....
It all happened by accident....I actually met with an accident riding pillion on a scooter in 1989 when I was in second year of college. Being a sports person & playing games like Cricket & Basketball, I suddenly had to stop everything as I met with accident which injured my right knee badly. I was advised complete bed rest for 4 months & later advised not to play any kind of sports until further inspection of injury healing.
I got bored doing nothing & one day started to jog against the advice of doctors. I liked it & I continued. The smaller distance became longer & it became very enjoyable for me as I could eat whatever I wanted & do the running the next day to compensate.
The serious running happened when first Mumbai marathon was announced in year 2004. I registered for it & the journey of marathon & long distance running started with it. I made sure to participate in it every year & also started running the Delhi Half Marathon simultaneously.
Year 2010 was a life changing year for me as for the first time I ran a Marathon outside India & that too in Greece the Mecca of Marathon running!!! The marathon started from Marathonas in Greece exactly 2500 years ago. I became part of this historical run.
Year 2011 made me unleash my potential in form of first ever Ultramarathon which I chose to run in Singapore!!! There is no looking back since then & I have achieved a lot in Ultra marathon running.
The madness continued & I ran my first 24 hours run in Gurgaon near Delhi & achieved the unbelievable - A National Record in first go!!! It was the same year I ran my first Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa. This is considered the Ultimate Human Race below 100kms distance. It is unique because of its tough route which passes on 5 hills on the way from Durban to Petermaritzberg.
I wanted to push my limits when I decided to run on a Treadmill for 25 hours!!!This run is special as it was done in front of my home crowd in Sports Club of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. I made it to the Limca Book of Records!!! It is never easy to perform in front of your home crowd & the fear of non performance grips you, but I sailed & smoothly….
Now I had a different dream of proving myself, this time it was Swim, Bike, Run !!! I wanted to do Ironman....it is one of the most difficult form of a Triathlon. You swim in sea, you cycle on hilly terrain & you run on same route. (1.9km Swim, 90km bike, 21km run) all one after the other. I did it to become first Ironman from Gujarat...of course that gave encouragement to others to perform & achieve…..
Now I have developed new passion of running in trails!!! It is literally running in jungles & hills/mountains. There is no support or very less support in such activities. Sometimes you have to have your own crew or be self sufficient through the run. Recently I ran in Hongkong 100 km run in the hills & forest which was a unique experience of running on the edge & if you feel little sleepy you are gone. Some part of the run was on thin strip of trail where you can see the downslide which would be terrible if you fall.
I also ran in our very own Rann of Kutchh which was in Dholavira-Run the Rann 2015!!! The place of ancient civilization which is a World heritage site. This was a 101 km run in thorny hills & salt pan desert. The only support of direction in the full moon night was Moon itself!!! If you are not very much aware of directions you can easily get lost in the salt dessert. You can set your route on GPS but if the battery drains you do not have much choice.
Attempted Ironman in Spain Mallorca in September 2015 & had to quit the race due to bad fall from the bike at 110kms....
The Year 2016 was very interesting as I took back to running & ran 3 big races & did well too!! The first one was Run The Rann 100 miles in February 2016, followed by Goa Ultra-101km in Septmeber 2016 & Bhatti Lakes Ultra 135 miles/221km race in October 2016. The 3 races gave me UTMB Points & I qualified for the Main UTMB race for 2017. This is one of the biggest achievement of my career (Qualifying for UTMB)
I was the second participant from India & first from Gujarat to qualify & participate in this most difficult ultra trail mountain event which happens every year in France. It is unique as you are climbing an altitude of 10200 meters & same decline covering many 2000 meters plus peaks in Alps. The race passes through 3 countries ( France, Italy & Switzerland)
In 2018 I did my second Ironman 70.3 Dubai which is a tough event as the sea is rough & cycling is passing on many flyovers of the city.
In 2019 I just did a very unique & picturesque event in Akaslompolo, Finland. The unique phenomenon of 24 hours day light happens here as this region is very near to North Pole. A gratifying experience to run in a terrain which is skiing slopes in winters.
The journey so far is good & I want to carry on with my set goals.