Cerebral Palsy makes no dent on Hitesh Ramchandani’s spirit. He is always up for a challenge like the Spartan Race
7/5/2016 5:15:11 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Just like the title of his book, Hitesh Ramchandani believes in being Better Than The Best. Despited daunting physical debilitation caused by celebral palsy, the 24-year-old para-Olympian is always up for a challenge. (See the August 2014 issue of India Se for his complete story). This year, he decided to participate in the Spartan race – an obstacle racing series designed to push your limits, test your strength, and challenge your endurance.
Here are excerpts of an interview with Ramchandani where he talks about the race, his preparation for it and the message he is trying to send out.
India Se: What prompted you to take part in the Spartan race? What is the Sprint category all about?
Hitesh Ramchandani: I have not taken part in any obstacle race or marathon before, hence I was excited to attempt something challenging which would push me off my limits. I felt the Spartan race was something that was totally out of my comfort zone. Spartan race is extremely difficult for abled-bodied people, so I knew for a person like me with cerebral palsy was going to be really really tough as the obstacles included a lot of stamina, power, motor skills and neuro co-ordination movements.
The most important reason my cousin brother Vicky Vaswani persisted I take it up as he knew that if I completed the race, this could be an inspiration for many people out there to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Spartan Sprint race involves a 7km run and 20 obstacles spread in-between such as mud crawl, tyre flipping, rope climbing, monkey bars , weight lifting, high jumps, running up and down the hill with a 10 kg sand bag etc.