The job of police personnel is not easy as they have to work day in and day out without many holidays and when you look around yourself the sight of an unhealthy policeman is easily visible. But constable Shankar Uthale from Mumbai Police changed the perspective by creating history as he becomes country’s first constable to finish the Iron Man race.
The Ironman race is one of the world’s most grueling one-day events and for Uthale, completing the race was a big achievement. Things were little different a year back for the 39-year-old the constable who is posted with Virar police station
He weighed approximately 92 kg which is considered unfit for any person working in the police force. He soon decided to shed some kilos by doing rigorous exercise.
Speaking to Times of India he said: “I knew I had to run; else I would soon become a burden on myself and my work.” He started to run early morning, and from there on there was looking back as he regularly continued to run and also participated in various marathons.
As he continued to compete in various marathon events in order to keep himself fit and in better shape, he learnt about a competitive event called the Ironman race. Even though it was the toughest race on the planet, he decided to take up the challenge and trained rigorously for the event “During my marathons, I heard about Ironman,” he told TOI, adding that “I took up cycling in the rain. I would cycle from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and still be fresh at work 30 minutes later. While I had learnt swimming, it was time to get the technique right.”
The race where the participants have to finish all the stages within 17 hours and without a break, Uthale completed the course in 16 hours and 15 minutes.
Apart from Uthale, there have been other Indians who have completed some gruelling events. Major General Vikram Dogra became the first Indian Army officer to complete this triathlon. Former Marine Commando and a 26/11 survivor, Praveen Teotia became the country’s first disabled Ironman back in April 2018. Krishna Prakash, an IPS officer, ran the Ultraman race in May this year and became the first Indian Civil Servant to finish the race.