To spread awareness about addiction and ways to combat it, Rahul Jadhav a reformed addict from Dombivali completed an ultra-run from Gateway of India to India Gate covering a distance of 1475 kms. The DeAddiction Ultra Run 2019 in its first edition was initiated on February 1 from Gateway of India.
After concluding his run at India Gate, New Delhi on Wednesday, Rahul was felicitated with a medal and a memento by Arun Bharadwaj, an ultramarathon runner and one of the first internationally acclaimed endurance racers from India.
During his run of 20 days, Rahul covered a distance of 80 kms on an average per day, and many people on the way ran with him a few kilometres to show support for the cause. On Day 18 of his run from Manoharpur to Neemrana he was able to achieve a feat of 100kms in 15hours and 50 minutes.
The run organised and supported by Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre, Pune and Morde Foods Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai is an initiative to spread awareness about addiction and sharing the inspirational story of Jadhav which underlines that with dedication and determination and imbibing positive health habits can help you overcome dependence on substance.
Until now Jadhav has participated and completed 22 run events and three solo runs. He completed his last run at the Tata Marathon Mumbai in 4 hours and 5 minutes covering a distance of 42 kms.
“Post my recovery from addiction, I took to running and enjoyed it thoroughly. Running gives, me a sense of satisfaction and achievement and I wish to reach out to more people and share my experience to help them take that step towards reformation,” said Jadhav who was a small time gangster and alcoholic before reformation at Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre changed him into a long distance runner. “I am fortunate to have mentors and supporters like Ashish and Mukta Puntambekar, Harshal Morde and my coach Manoj Rane who have encouraged me in this journey. I would also like to thank my friends and family and my runners’ group from Mumbai and other cities who have cheered and encouraged me on social platform during my run and for the cause,” he added.
Through the DeAddiction Ultra Run 2019, Jadhav wants to convey his story of reformation and spread the message of ‘Say No To Addiction’ and #GetDeAddicted.