Meet Kerala Born Shafi Thayyil who ran 30 marathons in 30 day, Listed in India Book of Records

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For 30 days, Shafi Thayyil decided to run at the Khawaneej Quranic Park in Mamzar Pak, and he also ran in Sharjah some days. “I also ran the full marathon for Dubai Run on November 26.

Meet Kerala Born Shafi Thayyil who ran 30 marathons in 30 day, Listed in India Book of Records
Shafi Thayyil of Kerala completed 30 full marathons in 30 days in Dubai Fitness Challenge

An Indian business man, now settled in Dubai, Shafi Thayyil ran for thirty 42KM marathons within 30 days as a part of Dubai Fitness Challenge from October 29, 2021 to November 27, 2021 registering his name in the India Book of Records for the ‘maximum number of full marathons for consecutive days’.

“The record for completing the maximum number of full marathons for consecutive days was set by Shafi Thayyil (born on April 20, 1982) of Kasaragod, Kerala (now residing in Dubai, UAE). He completed 30 full marathons in 30 days in Dubai Fitness Challenge from October 29, 2021 to November 27, 2021, as confirmed on December 8, 2021”, the IBR said.

Shafi Thayyid owns an IT company in 800 Fixing and begun running in 2006. After finishing multiple local races, international marathons, Iron Man events, and 100km runs Thayyil decided to boost the game for the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

For 30 days, he decided to run at the Khawaneej Quranic Park in Mamzar Pak, and he also ran in Sharjah some days. “I also ran the full marathon for Dubai Run on November 26,” Thayyil told Khaleej Times.

On Saturday, November 27, he completed his final run at Dubai’s Zabeel Park. “The race started at 3.30 p.m., and we had a brief closing ceremony with my friends and family in Zabeel Park,” he added.


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“All of the runs were completed outside, rather than on a treadmill.” “I feel that the UAE government has provided us with so many fantastic sporting facilities, and we need to make the most of them,” Thayyil said.

He is also inspired by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s approach, particularly in inspiring millions to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. “This is also my way of thanking the government,” Thayyil explained.

Thayyil began running seriously two years ago, after participating in his first Dubai Fun Run in 2006, when he raced three kilometres. “I started running actively around two years ago. I’ve completed the Iron Man 70.3 and climbed Jebel Jais barefoot. “I’ve ran the Berlin, Chennai, and Dubai Marathons, as well as a 100-kilometer ultramarathon in South Africa,” he explained.

Following the Covid-19 shutdown last year, Thayyil dedicated the Jebel Jais trip to all frontline personnel in the UAE.


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Thayyil’s motivation for taking up running as a hobby was not health-related. While jogging, Thayyil claims he is inundated with ideas for improving his business.

“It all started with that nice run many years ago.” When I run, I feel I become the best version of myself. Running has benefited me in both my business and my personal life. “The great energy I get from jogging has permeated to other facets of my life,” he explained.

The Kerala born runner runs three to four times every week. “The rest of the time, I swim and cycle.” “I set aside one to one and a half hours every day to work out,” he explained.

While Thayyil’s first marathon was challenging, he says running has become more fun for him lately. “While this may appear to many people to be an excessive thing to do, I’ve realised how far I can push my body now.” “If you set your mind to it, nothing is impossible,” he said.


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