Mumbai Marathon: For The Love Of Dog! Rohan Shrestha Runs For Peta

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Up and coming photographer, 28 years old Rohan Shrestha is an avid runner, a die hard activist for whale shark conservation and this year he is running the Mumbai Marathon to support Peta. It was a pleasure for me to discover how passionate Rohan was about Peta and the work they do. So I spoke to him about what keeps him inspired and here is what he had to say…

“I strongly feel that all of us have to get up and do something to show we care and we can make a difference in the world around us.”

Rohan Shrestha
Rohan Shrestha

What inspired you to take up running?
I’ve been running for as long as I can remember, it all began with running on the beach in Juhu. Running calms me down after a long day of work or if im stressed, I just run.

For how many years have you bee running the Mumbai Marathon? Which race are you running this year?
This will be my 2nd year running the Mumbai Marathon and I’m running the half marathon.

What is your reason to run this year?
I’s running for PETA. I have grown up with dogs all my life and had three dogs until five years ago. After my last, a Cocker Spaniel, died in my arms, I did not have the heart to bring home another one, but decided to work towards animal welfare in other ways. I have a long association with Peta and even though I’m not a member I definitely stand for ethical treatment for animals. All animals. I’m also a scuba diver and understand the misery marine animals sometimes have to go through for entertaining humans. While it is great that so many activists stand for land animals, I feel more and more people need to think about our marine animals too. In my own way, I have supported whale shark conservation and continue to do so. If there is a cause I run for, it’s the love of animals.

Why do you think Mumbai Marathon is a good platform for raising awareness about your cause?
I have always been close to this city. It’s my city. Like every Mumbai citizen I strongly feel that all of us have to get up and do something to show we care and we can make a difference in the world around us. The Mumbai Marathon brings people together. I think even if running the marathon raises a little bit of awareness, it’s great, because it lets me do what I love doing while raising awareness as well. It’s a win win.

Rohan Shrestha
Rohan Shrestha

Have you been able to inspire your friends and family to join in?
I know at least 10 people running the marathon which is great. It’s always fun to have company although I would get competitive during the race.

How have you trained for the marathon?
I’ve been in New York for the longest time so I was running there. I don’t train specifically. Luckily I still play competitive sports so im pretty fit in that sense. Also I quit smoking which helps massively.

Any challenges you faced while training?
Trying to NOT GET INJURED!

Complete the sentence – Running the marathon has taught me to relax and feel free! (My cellphones off)

If your words could inspire other Mumbaikars to run, what would you like to say to them?
Our city is very hectic, Just turn your phone off for that hour that your running and feel the difference, its beautiful. For that short time, it sets your mind free.

Share this story with everyone who you think needs a little inspiration, that slight nudge, that first push in the right direction. If you are running the Mumbai Marathon this year, tell us your Reason To Run here and inspire Mumbai. You can also email us at [email protected] Know friends who are running, share their stories too and they could get featured on MumbaiMag.com.

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.

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Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.