Published: March 15, 2018
Kannan Sundararajan, also known as Kay/Coach Kay was born in Ooty and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ultramarathon running coach, fitness consultant and a motivational speaker. Kay is also a certified project manager, agile scrum master and has a Lean Six-Sigma black belt and has played a wide range of leadership roles in various multinational companies including Parametric Technology Corporation and Siemens. After working for 24 years, he left his corporate career (LinkedIn profile) and launched KaysFIT Academy in 2016.
Kay regularly plays badminton and, since 2011, he has been a regular runner and participated in several marathon & ultramarathon events. He has played the role of a pacer, mentor and event director for running events. Kay is a back to back finisher of the Comrades Marathon, a 90 km ultramarathon in South Africa and also completed a 100-miler (160 km road race) at The Border 100 miler on the 22-23 Dec 2018 in under 28 hrs.
Kay enjoys organising events which bring in uniqueness and involves people from different background and age groups. OOTYULTRA, a challenging ultramarathon, is his dream event to encourage The Nilgiris residents to take up running as a healthy hobby and to provide a unique experience to runners across the world to enjoy the beauty of the blue mountains. The events that he organises have a single objective to provide a "wow" experience to the participants at the same time offering a mutually beneficial and valuable partnership to the sponsors.
Kay is a widely respected coach and a mentor who brings in his in-depth knowledge on people, program and project management, process knowledge and attention to details to help encourage and motivate his clients in achieving their goals. He also regularly coaches a group of 20 children on fitness and badminton skills.
As a road safety ambassador Kay launched Be Safe! Be there to Save! Campaign and has completed #424242running (ran 42 marathon distances in 42 weeks in 42 different places by running nearly 1800 km) for spreading awareness on Road Safety from 2-Jul-2016 to 15-Apr-2017.
Kay is a recipient of ALERT BEING AWARD – 2017, in the Individual Category for being a Real Life Hero and a Good Samaritan for saving lives/accident victims. Kay regularly organises First-Aid and CPR training to various corporates and individual communities. Through the #helpkiran campaign, Kay had raised over 6.5 lakhs within a span of one month to support an accident victim in Bangalore read about #helpkirantoday campaign