Yasmin Imthias is an entrepreneur and COO of a reputed Information services firm in Coonoor, The Nilgiris.
“I’m a free spirit with a taste for adventure. Between raising a pre-teen brat and a preschool charmer, running a business, initiating a local running club, to being on the grind for 17 hours on a typical weekday day and under the sun”
She is indeed one busy woman who is continuously inspiring many others to take up an active lifestyle and also has founded The Nomadic Nilgirians Running Club in Coonoor.
How Did You Get Into Running?
An anti-sports bookworm back in school, I bought into the idea of running most recently when motherhood had challenged quite a bit of my body and mind.
I ran my life’s first longest run, a 10K in the 2016 Coimbatore Night Marathon, to test what my body was capable of and gifted myself the Finisher Medal on my birthday. It took 1:35 hours of a battle between my body and mind and brought out the runner in me. I came out stronger than ever before!
How Did You Progress From There?
That feeling of having accomplished something that was not just an athletic achievement left me craving for more! A year after, I dived straight in for a bigger and better challenge with a 21K at the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon.
I started running regularly in the mesmerising yet challenging hills of Nilgiris. Whenever I ran, it gave me a taste of the magic in the misery and here I am, committed to running for a lifetime!
It is just a little more than a year since then and I can’t believe I’ve already completed a dozen half marathons, one full marathon, one ultramarathon, and many recreational runs through the Nomadic Nilgiris Runners club.
An amateur in the running community, still unaware of the nuances of the sport, I lace up at least 4 days a week to merely experience the pure joy of running with nature!
What Are Your Other Interests?
I love to trek, paraglide and travel on the weekends.
How Are You Managing All Your Responsibilities And Interests?
My commitment to stick to my training plans most of the times has allowed me to organise the rest of my chores in a rather efficient way.
Running has taught me how to push my limits in a “disciplined fashion” continually and importantly managing a healthy lifestyle has been tough but not impossible!
And Your Races For 2019?
I will be running in Chicago this October to raise funds for the Asha Foundation that supports education for the underprivileged children. I’ll also be running the OOTYULTRA 60K for the first time.
My real test with destiny will be at the Comrades in 2020, inspired by Coach Kay and his OOTYULTRA mission.
Tell Us More About Your Running Club?
PR aside, the best part of my running endeavour is the formation of the Nomadic Nilgirians Running Club (fb.me/NomadicNilgiriansRunningClub) which serves as a local platform to attract and encourage the runners, cyclists, trekkers, and other fitness enthusiasts from the Nilgiris to train together and share best practices with a free membership.
Just about a year old, the club has grown to accommodate 25 active runners (most of them to be spotted at the Ooty Ultra 2.0 edition 😉 who participate in at least 3 city marathons in a year. We cross-train as a team, twice a week and run long (scenic) distances on weekends.
The club also contributes to community causes with an emphasis on environmental enrichment.
Our ultimate goal is to reach out to the numerous regular walkers, cyclists, and enthusiasts including the student community in the town to join us and make their fitness regime more meaningful and also join our mission to give back to the community in small ways that can make a big difference!
The #NomadicNilgirians plan to host several sports events this year to celebrate the club’s anniversary and contribute towards 151 glorious years since the formation of the Nilgiris as a separate district.
Join us in wishing Yasmin for a great run at the OOTYULTRA and all her fitness and community goals that she has embarked into.
NOTE: Yasmin had contributed immensely to the formation of the OOTYULTRA in 2018 and her passion for running and supporting an ultramarathon event like this in OOTY had laid a very strong foundation for the event. She also had brought a team of staff/volunteers from Information Evolution, the company that she leads, who had provided stellar support in managing the aid-stations during the event.
OOTYULTRA appreciates her spirit and we are extremely thankful for being a pillar of support.Coach Kay