Lt Cdr Yogesh Tiwari is an ace runner and has successfully completed many challenging and reputed marathons and ultra-marathons across the country. He recently completed the Hell Race High5 ultra-marathon – running 05 full marathons on consecutive days from Manali to Leh! The Officer broke the previous course record set by an Australian ultrarunner, Mr David Cole. He completed the 12 hour Mumbai Ultra on 15 Aug 19 covering a distance of 94km and finishing in 3rd position.
In 2018, Yogesh, popularly known as whytea amongst his close colleagues, successfully finished the highest and cruelest 111km La-Ultra marathon in Ladakh region. He also completed one of the most technical and demanding 60 km mountain trail Solang Manali and 75km Deccan Ultra crossing Maharashtra’s highest peak Kalsubai and three other peaks viz Alang, Malang and Kulang which are supposedly most difficult hikes is south India. He started running at an early age (during his schooldays) at RIMC Dehradun and won the first edition of Dehradun half marathon in 2006. He has a unique distinction of winning a cross-country medal during each of the terms at NDA. The officer achieved his personal best at ADHM 09 by clocking 78 min! He clocked 84 min at Pune Half marathon in March this year. His personal best in FM is 03:30 at IDBI New Delhi marathon. He is an active sports man and considers running as a form of meditation.
He is also an active cyclist with two national and a world record to his name. He cycled nonstop across 11 mountain passes of the world (including five highest motorable passes of the world) overcoming all odds. He has participated in some of the most reputed cycling events and has won laurels for Indian Navy.
He is also a seasoned mountaineer. He has climbed 11 mountain peaks in various expeditions, which include some of India’s highest and most technical peaks. He is also an advance open water diver, glider pilot, skier and a passionate horse rider.
An all-round sports-person, Whytea’s passion towards running is unique and he is destined for many more successful miles and glorious times ahead!