Office is one place which might not be our personal favourite on a Sunday morning. However November 17th was different, with an enviable get together of 1500 fitness enthusiasts at TCS Sahyadri Park, Pune.
Punekars witnessed the spirit of fitness when TCS Pune organized -“TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge – Run Miles & Bring Smiles” to instill a culture of wellness amongst associates, promote solidarity amongst teams and contribute towards an honorable social cause as an organization. The participants gathered at 6 AM in the morning at TCS Sahyadri Park Campus in Hinjewadi Phase III in the picturesque Sahyadri hills in the background and thumping music.
The TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge was a five mile run open to Corporates and their employees across Pune, where teams participated with a minimum size of four members with a recommendation of at least one woman participant. The Corporates came together to contribute towards the social cause with laudable enthusiasm. The response from corporates was overwhelming, with 38 companies participating in the Run and total registration count of 1500. The event also was supported 14 partners who used it as a platform to support the runners with their products and services.
The event began with the flag off by Major General Ravindranath Soni, Head of the Southern Command Pune with Milind Lakkad, Vice President Manufacturing, TCS. Mr. Digge, Plant Head Tata Motors, Mr. Pataki, Vice President Tata Motors, Rahul Sabnis, National Head – Human Resources Baja Financial Services, Mr. Anand Zutshi, Associate Vice President – Kotak Mahindra Bank and Mr. Parag Pendharkar, Direct Quality – PTC Software (I) Pvt. Ltd amongst the running contingent. The runner’s were accompanied by a TCS Pilot Vehicle, 06 Enthusiast Cyclists and 08 Bikers, ensuring a hassle free running experience for the lead runners.
The event saw high levels of competitiveness amongst regular runners and had some thrilling moments at the finish line. The first prize for Men’s and Women’s category was won by Team Sungard, with an expatriate from Sweden Mr. Richard Asplunt (Finishing the Race in 32 Minutes and 11 Seconds) and Ms. Aparna Choudhary (Finishing the race in 44 Minutes) winning the race respectively.
Dignitaries from Left to Right: Mr. Arvind Padhy, DCH, Major General Ravindranath Soni, Head of the Southern Command Pune, Mr. Richard Asplunt winner from Team Sungard, Mr. Milind Lakkad, Corporate, Vice President Manufacturing Vertical and Brigadier Srinivasan Govindarajan, Head TCS Administration, Pune
Men : 1st – Richard Asplunt, Sungard 2nd – Shubham Kadam, Tata Motors Ltd 3rd – Rasal Pradeep, Tata Motors
Women :1st – Aparna Choudhary, Sungard 2nd – Rashmi Tamble, Persistent 3rd – Fareeda Tamboli, Amdocs
All participants, upon reaching the finishers like, were given a finishers Medal by the kids of TCS Family members. After the run, the stage was set ablaze by the TCSer “DJ Paul”, TCS Band “Antrix” and Dance club.