We raised $315,000 for charity!

We raised US $ 315,000 for charity through the marathon. We had an event where we presented the monies collected for charity through the marathon to representatives of the charities.

I was honored to have the opportunity to present the check for $3800 US to the Diabetic Research Foundation of Iceland and talk about my fight against the disease. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on January 5, 2006. I beat the disease by diet and exercise (preparing to run the marathon helped quite a bit! my doctor agrees :))

Iceland has been in the forefront of diabetic research. DeCode is a genetics company in Iceland that found the gene that causes Type 2 Diabetes, here is the link to the press release.

Trying to get my site in the search result for my Grand Father

Ok, maybe it is a cheap shot but I am trying to get my blog listed in the web search from Google, so I am going to start linking to articles that site my grand father to my blog site…

  1. My uncle has a music teaching school in Singapore and he sites my grand father so here is the link
  2. Link to a small list of movies that my grand father has acted
  3. Tamil Cinema History – 1916 – 1936 compiled by Kalaimaamani Film News Anandan
  4. Tamil Cinema History – 1937 – 1944 compiled by Kalaimaamani Film News Anandan
  5. Tamil Cinema History – 1945 to 1953 compiled by Kalaimaamani Film News Anandan
  6. Another site talking about Chandraleka
  7. Article about M.G.R that sites my grand father
  8. A siting of my grand father´s name in the Library of Congress

“All Marketers are Liars” – Seth Godin speaks at Google

Seth Godin is the author of six bestsellers, including Permission Marketing, an Amazon Top 100 bestseller for a year and a Fortune Best Business Book. His newest book, All Marketers are Liars , has already made the Amazon Top 100 and has inspired its own blog. Seth is also a renowned speaker, and was recently chosen as one of “21 Speakers for the Next Century” by Successful Meetings Magazine and is consistently rated among the best speakers by the audiences he addresses. Seth was founder and CEO of Yoyodyne, an interactive direct marketing company, which Yahoo! acquired in late 1998. He holds an MBA from Stanford, is a contributing editor to Fast Company magazine, and was called “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by Business Week.

This video is part of the Authors@Google series.

Official Marathon Result

I was eager to see my name in the official published list of marathon finishers the day after the marathon only to find “Hlaupari 2TM9EPY” next to my time. The marathon organizers did not get my name in the list :( I had to wait until last Thursday (8/24) to get my name in the list.

I am happy to note that they got my name in the List finally, I am number 242 in the list

Running the Oslo Marathon in 4 weeks!

Call me crazy but I have decided to run the Oslo Marathon on Ocotber 1, 2006. It all started with my Boss deciding that Glitnir will sponsor the Oslo Marathon. The deal is to be signed on Monday (8.27.2006), Glitnir will be the official sponsor of the Oslo Marathon and the team from Glitnir which ran the Reykjavik Marathon has unanimously voted to run the Oslo Marathon as well.

As part of the prepartion, my strategy is to consider the Reykjavik Marathon as my last long run before the Oslo Marathon. I will follow the plan as I would have if I was running a marathon in 4 weeks.

My Grandfather – Padma Shree M.K.Radha

I was listening to BBC’s program about writing called The Word and the author who was hosting the program asked the listeners to write about their parents. It got me thinking and I am planning to write a small blog entry about my grandparents and my parents.

Padma Shree M.K. Radha

My Grandfather M.K.Radha (20th November 1910 – 29th August 1985) was a famous and renowned tamil cinema actor. He was born in Chennai and took up acting in Tamil Stage at the early age of 7. He was tutiored by my great grandfather Kandasamy Mudaliar a famous drama teacher at that time. His career spanned for almost 25 years in Tamil drama as a lead actor during India´s pre-independence days and he was a popular social hero in various patriotic dramas.

Some of the featured movies with my grandfather are
1. Sathi Leelavathi – 1936
2. Chandralekha – 1948 - Review of this movie by New York Times
3. Apoorva Sagodharargal - 1949
4. Paasavalai
5. Kamban

He received the Padmashree Award for Arts in 1972 from the then President of India V.V.Giri.

My memory of him

I remember him of being very loving, soft-spoken and well respected individual. My dad had a very good relationship with him. I spent a lot of time with him and my grandmother. I enjoyed his company. I am not very sure how old I was but I was watching the movie Paasavalai featuring my grandfather and in the movie he looses his eye sight and I got so upset that I made us leave the theatre right away to go and see my grandfather and make sure that he was ok inspite of my mom repeatedly telling me that he was ok. I really loved my grandfather. I remeber his warm smile and friendly persona, he was very likable. We used to get his fans in our house (late 1970s, early ’80s) when he visited, although he had not done a movie for 25 years!
The 3 pictures are some of the archives of my grandfather with the late M.G.Ramachandran, renowned actor and the most popular Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. My grandfather was his mentor.

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Glitnir Reykjavik Marathon – 4:12:30!

Ran the Glitnir Reykjavik Marathon 2006 in 4 hours 12 minutes and 30 seconds! Extremely proud of the personal achievement! I was the 241st to finish out of 406.

Goal 1 2006 – Done!

I could not have done it without the support of my wife, family… and of course my buddy Vilhelm Thorsteinsson, who was my sounding board, coach and inspiration! He finished the race in 3:21:22.

London Marathon 2007, here I come…

Marathon Day

It is 5:48 am on Marathon day. I am feeling very excited and eager to start the race… It has been a crazy 6 months. I would have never believed myself that I was going to run a marathon in Iceland.

I was at my mother-in-laws place last night and she had cooked Noodles, it was a good source of Carbohydrates, in addition to that I have been Carbo-loading for about a week now. I feel good. I will be eating a bowl of Granola with AB Sour Milk (it is icelandic version of Yoghurt, but I am told that it is made differently), a cup of coffee and may be a slice of bread by 6 am.

I have decided that if this marathon goes well I will be running the London Marathon and a 55 km race in Iceland next summer. My goals are to improve my speed and endurance 20% to 30% depending on how I do today.

This Marathon is sponsored by my bank and since I belong to the CEO’s office I have been getting a lot of Publicity. We had our photo shoot yesterday with all the marathon runners from Glitnir, it was a lot of fun and it is very impressive that we have 500 people from the bank running various lengths in this marathon. Here are some statistics about this marathon from my bank’s perspective
1. 500 Glitnir employees have signed up to run the marathon
2. Glitir has raised approximately 21 million Icelandic Krona = 303,431.34 USD for various charity organizations
3. People from 34 different countries have registed to run the marathon
4. Approximately 8000 people will be starting the marathon, it is the biggest in the history of Reykjavik Marathon

I feel very proud to be part of a group of people from my bank who are making a difference in the community. I think a lot has got to do with our leader and CEO, Bjarni Armannsson… He is running the whole marathon and that has had a very positive impact on the us.

2 days before the marathon

Well the big day is getting pretty close. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been using Garmin to monitor my heart rate and my running statistics, since May 18, 2006 I have
1. Ran a total of 452 kilometers
2. Ran a total time of 47 hrs 50 minutes 01 seconds
3. Burned 59538 calories!
4. I weigh 80.5 kilograms