NukeLeeUs Cross-Country Championships

Race Director

Rajat Chauhan

Dr. Rajat Chauhan is a Sports-Exercise Medicine & Pain doctor specialising in running. He has been running for last 34+ year and mentoring/coaching others for 19+ year. His personal best times for half marathon and marathon are 1hr 18min and 2hr 38min respectively. He was the Principal Technical Consultant and Head Coach for Adidas India from 2014 to 2017. He was the advisor to UK Sprint Squad (2005-2006) that was training for London Olympics.

He has over a decade of experience as a race director. Among others, he is the race director for La Ultra - The High (333 kms in Leh-Ladakh) since 2010, Wynberg-Allen (School) Half Marathon (Mussoorie) since 2016 and Gharwal Runs (74 kms in Dehradoon) since 2015. He was Director - Sports at Ashoka University from 2014 to 2018. He was selected as Chairperson for World Congress for Science & Medicine in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 after having been invited to represent the Indian sub-continent in 2007 during the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbeans.

He is the author of ‘The Pain Handbook: A non-surgical way to manage Back, Neck & Knee Pain’, published by Penguin Publications. In the book he uses exercise as a modality to treat pain and help people lead a good quality of life. He has been writing since 2008 about running, exercises, sports medicine and pain for several newspapers, magazines and journals such as Hindustan Times, Mint (columnpodcast & FacebookLive) and Forbes India.

Event Ambassador

Simran Kaur Sethi

My name is Simran Kaur Sethi and I am from New Delhi, India. I am 22 years old and aspire to be a professional sports psychologist/sports administrator. I just graduated in May of 2018 with Bachelors degree. I majored in Psychology and minored in Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma in the United States. I was a student athlete and played tennis for the university varsity team. I was an All Big 12 Academic Scholar and a Scholar Student Athlete throughout my 4 years of being a collegiate athlete. I have also been on the Arts and Sciences school’s dean’s list for the 4 years. Currently, I am doing my Masters in ‘Higher Ed and Athletic Administration’ from the University of Oklahoma itself. I further plan to do my PhD in Sports
Psychology.


Past Achievements

I am a professional tennis player and represented India at the Junior Fed Cup in Australia. I have also represented India at the Youth Asian games in China and got a bronze medal in the mixed doubles category. I was ranked as high as 1 in the country for a few years in the age groups of under 14, 16 and 18’s. I have won multiple national championships in singles and doubles.

Along with winning many international tournaments in singles and doubles, I represented India at the junior Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2013 and the Australian Open in 2014. My highest international ranking was 101.


Personal Interest and Hobbies and Passion

Since I was a kid, I have always loved to travel, visit new places and eat different kinds of food. I am a foodie and nature lover at heart. Be it the best national parks or the best reefs in the world, playing tennis has given me the privilege to see it all. No matter where I go, I thoroughly enjoy camping, hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling every time I get an opportunity to do so. I also enjoy watching and playing different sports. Playing sports myself and watching others play it has taught me some of the biggest lessons and leanings of my life.

Cross-Country

 Wynberg-Allen School, Mussoorie, has had a culture of running for over a century now. We now want to introduce institutions across the country to the best teacher of all.

Wynberg-Allen School, Mussoorie, has had a culture of running for over a century now. We now want to introduce institutions across the country to the best teacher of all.

Cross-Country makes running a team event as compared to being individual, which is otherwise not the case.

At NCCC each team will have 8 participants, with top 6 runners scoring towards team score.

Points are awarded to the individual runners of eligible teams, equal to the position in which they cross the finish line (first place gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, etc.). 

The points for these runners are added up, and the team with the lowest score wins. Yes, like golf, but a lot more fun than golf.

The next two (7th and 8th) runners will help push scores of other teams up (behind their own team), so they are an important part of the team. If runners from team A scored 1, 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 15, & 16, and runners from team B scored 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, cumulative score of first 6 runners of team A will be 42 and team B will be 39.

Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport.
— Chuck Norris

Individual athletes, and athletes from incomplete teams (teams consisting of less than 8 athletes or teams) and individuals who have been disqualified are excluded from scoring.

Ties are usually broken by the position of each team's sixth runner. If runners from team A scored 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 17, & 18, and runners from team B scored 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13 & 14, cumulative score of first 6 runners is 39 for both teams. Yet, team B would win because their 6th runner came in at 10th versus 12th of team A. 

Why NCCC?

Sperms Race

Why NCCC when there are already systems in place?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
— Albert Einstein

Healthier & More Productive Next Generation

Today's generation is far more unfit than ever before. The ones who are active and sporty, drop it in high school for the high percentage. Both situations are unfortunate as physical inactivity is responsible for 60% of early deaths because of Non-Communicable Diseases. Also, this leads to them being not as productive as they otherwise would have been. 

Broader base

When it comes to medals at Olympics, in last 70 years, the system has simply failed even though we have good talent. By this initiative, over time, we want to give a platform to the youth in every nook and corner of the country. 

For way too long, we have been focusing on a few good athletes. Once everyone becomes active, we will have a broader base. Medals will soon be a good by-product.

Also, lets get fun back in to being more active. Health will tag along too. 

Olympics

This broader base will help us in achieving our target of 3-5 medals at 2024 Olympics (Paris).

 

Campus Coordinators

 
 
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Varun sood

Varun has done his schooling from Chandigarh and is a Y9 EE batch of IIT Kanpur. He has worked across startups from Flipkart, Opinio and Coviam in his 5 year corporate career. He has been a sportsperson, throughout his life, with 4 Carrom nationals representations for Chandigarh, Inter-IIT 4*100 relay representation for IITK and has done his Basic Mountaineering Course from ABVIMAS. He is a randonneour and a Harley rider from Bangalore. Currently, he is preparing for ADHM in October 2018 and working as a Campus Coordinator for NCCC 2018. He’s also organising the Chandigarh 5k run in the month of November 2018.