An NRI based in the US, Sridhar has been running long distance races the world over
For family and close friends, Mooramganti Sridhar Reddy always seems to be ‘on the run’. A Hyderabadi settled in United States, Sridhar has shown remarkable resilience with runs like the one from the northern tip of India to its southern-most point — a distance of 3,500 miles.
Now, he has achieved another rare feat — a Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 km run barefoot, clocking 10 hours, 47 minutes and 40 seconds on June 27 this year at Jalagam Vengal Rao Park in Banjara Hills here. The certification came only last week.
Sridhar’s exploits are not confined just to the city or to India itself. His involvement with many charity organisations across the world saw him race from Staten Island to Miami (2092 km) to create awareness on AIDS in 1989. In 1992, he covered 644 km from College of Staten Island’s Sunnyside campus to Provincetown (Massachusetts). Sridhar also recalls proudly the 320 km run for humanity between Amsterdam and Brussels on July 29 this year as one of his most satisfying experiences. A software engineer settled in Delaware, Sridhar is determined to set a few more world records.
“I am passionate about running. Somehow, I just can’t keep myself away from this even while I try to take care of the needs of my family (his wife and two kids),” says the 50-year-old, who visits Hyderabad every six months.
Sridhar is also a well-known artist focusing on black and white portraits, which has drawn acclaim from celebrities in different walks of life. Interestingly, Sridhar’s brother and a familiar face in Taekwondo, M. Jayanth Reddy, is a seven-time Guinness world-record holder in martial arts.