Naresh Kumar (@iamarunr) -Live-small, Adventure-lots. Trail runner, mountaineer, endurance athlete, speaker, and randonneur on human powered journeys traveling simply and slow.
Born and raised in India in poor conditions, Naresh studied to be an electronics engineer and landed in Silicon Valley as a tech consultant. In 2010, Naresh ran his first trail marathon and a passion was born. He ventured into the Ultra-marathon world throughout North America. He ran the Last Annual Vol State Road Race 500 km and won the race in the unsupported category. Testing his limits, Naresh began flying solo and charted his own adventure races all over the world. He watched Lord of the rings in 2001 while he was in India and a dream was born. He wanted to make New Zealand his home one day. In 2014, he quit his corporate day job in the USA to pursue a simpler, more joyful existence.
Naresh received a resident visa in New Zealand where he started his new life. Upon entering the country, he ran the Te Araroa trail -- a trail that runs the length of NZ (3054km) unsupported in 87 days. He was the runner-up for the Wilderness Outdoor Hero of the Year for this feat. In 2017, he rode the length of New Zealand on a tandem bike named 'Kindness' by picking up random strangers and friends along his way to raise awareness and funds for sex-trafficking. The expedition 'Freedom Seat' was a huge success. He rode 3330km with 140 people in 35 days to raise over $50,000 benefitting various charities in Southeast Asia.
Naresh is in the process of publishing his book about his Te Araroa run and Freedom Seat expedition in NZ focusing on the lovely hospitality and the random acts of kindness he received from fellow Kiwis. He travels around the world for adventure, while raising awareness for and campaigning against sex trafficking, a cause that’s very close to his heart. When not on an adventure, Naresh designs for Bedrock Sandals, and works for Small Planet Sports in Queenstown, NZ. He also travels around the country as a motivational speaker with his message “It’s Possible”.