It all started six years ago when Adnan Adeeb, the then head of sales of Middle East of Patni Computers, took part in an obstacle race in USA only to check his fitness level.
A year later, Adeeb left his job, along with his London-based wife Zeba Zaidi, and shifted his base to India. The couple then launched an obstacle race event, Devils Circuit, and organised its first edition in Ludhiana in 2012.
Adeeb is 43-years-old and his wife Zaidi is 40-years-old.
Three years later, Adeeb and Zaidi have already conducted nine such events with more than 70,000 contestants taking part in the 15 obstacle race that covers a total of 5kms.
“I was travelling to USA and took part in an obstacle race event there. I was impressed by the number of people who turned up for the event and thought of doing the same in India. Most of the corporate employees are not active sports persons. So, we wanted to provide them something that will challenge them apart from building team skills. In the past few years, Indians have taken part in marathons and we want to provide them another platform to show their fitness,” said Adeeb, the founder of Devils Circuit and owner of Volano Entertainment.
During the past few years, events like the Delhi and Mumbai Marathons came up. Adeeb also ventured out into this sector with a purpose of providing an event for non-professional players and employees who were keen to show their fitness and wanted to compete.
More than 20,000 participants are expected to take part in the six legs of the event this year. “Initially we also thought about organising triathlons. However, we do not have that kind of infrastructure in India. Later, we took the help of former Indian Army commandos to create the obstacle course for the events. During the initial events, many women took part,” said Zaidi, who is a former national-level skater.
The fourth leg of the event will be held in Mohali on January 17 and the duo are expecting more than 1,000 participants in the event with some coming from Mumbai and Delhi.
“We organised our first event in Ludhiana in 2012, in which 750 people took part. This will be our 10th edition of the event and we plan to host 24 edition in the next three years. The senior most person who has participated is a 70-year-old man in the Gurgaon event. Last year, a 66-year-old woman, with her 42-year-old daughter, also took part in an obstacle race. In Bengaluru, there were four blade runners who also took part in the obstacle races. Such kind of efforts motivate us a lot,” said Adeeb.
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