Dr. Anand Patil
I was privileged to be invited to run Dr. Ramani Goa Marathon 2018 as celebrity runner. Essentially I am a triathlon runner but this invitation thrilled me a lot.
I have run on this route few times in the past and as such the route is familiar to me. It is a big difficult due to several ups and downs. My pleasure came from the fact that I was running with other celebrity marathoners who were invited to participate in this marathon but more so because Ramani sir was running his 100th marathon in this event. The memory will remain life long with me.
On 15 Aug 2018, 80 + yrs old Dr. PS Ramani run Mumbai Ultramarathon for 12 hours from 5.00 am till 5.00 pm running to and fro between shivaji park to worli sea face tirelessly and enthusiastically has inspired hundreds of participants like me. This one incidence itself deserves to be included in the Guinness book of world records. His multifaceted personality – world renowned neurosurgeon, academician, senior most recreational athlete, social entrepreneur, writer and his simple and humanistic approach has taught a lot to budding surgeons like me and other runners. His down to earth attitude has always taught me many virtues of life.
After finishing the Amsterdam marathon a few years back, I asked him, “Sirji, how is it possible for you to be so punctual and meticulous at such an advanced stage in life? His response,“There is plenty of information, but lack of common sense,There is plenty of knowledge, but paucity of wisdom, There is no dearth of energy, but lack of skill.” The desire to fill those gaps is what derives me. I used these versesto empower and enrich myselfusing information with common sense, knowledge with wisdom and skillful use of energy. I tried to learn from him, how to use simple data for maximum output.
Once he told me. “If youminimize your needs, many of the problems we face, can be dealt easily by the application of common sense and wisdom.
I consider myself lucky to participate in many runs with him. His Goa marathon, has become a dynamic platform for us striders. Many of us eagerly await to participate year after year, to enjoy the hospitality of the Ramani family during this event.