125th Boston Marathon and American Indian Community
BOSTON-Tata Consulting Services (TCS) with other New England partners, namely, Federation of Indian Associations, Indo-American community, Hindu World Council of America-New England, and Team help in partnership with the Boston Sports Association (BAA) as the Boston Marathon to sponsor and promote the information booths and tables frequented by marathoners and spectators throughout the race on October 11, 2021.
Many employees of TCS and its customers as well as members of the partner organization took an active part as runners and volunteers of the hydration stations who distributed energy drinks and water to the runners of the 125th marathon. from Boston.
The Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon, runs from Hopkinton, Massachusetts to Boylston Street in Boston. The marathon is typically held on Patriots’ Day in April, but this year, in its first in-person installment since 2019, it was held on Indigenous Peoples Day, the same day as the American holiday, Columbus Day, a day intended for celebrate Christopher Columbus’ journey to the Americas. Of twenty thousand participants, 18,000 were runners and the rest were regular and medical volunteers.
“The BAA required that all participants in the 2021 Boston Marathon be fully vaccinated or tested negative before the race. In fact, 93% of runners were fully vaccinated against COVID and almost everyone else tested negative, BAA CEO Tom Grilk said.
Tata Consultancy Services is a global leader in IT services, consulting and business solutions with an extensive network of innovation and delivery centers and has been the official technology consulting partner of the Boston Marathon since 2010. Surya Kant, President, North America, TCS, said, “We sponsor running events around the world because we want to inspire local communities to live healthy and active lifestyles, and because of the obvious parallels between marathons and courses. growth and transformation that we help our clients undertake. Running a marathon makes you feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. With each step, you are building on belief.
Many TCS staff and members of other partner organizations gathered around 6:00 a.m. at University Drive, Natick MA. Under the direction of the BAA volunteer and the help of other volunteers, they set up tables and tents and filled thousands of cups with energy drinks and water. They also nicely displayed the banners of TCS and Bharatiya and American organizations and flags and created a patriotic and prideful vibe. They not only served water and energy drinks, but also cheered on the runners by shouting “You can do it”, “Good job” and “Keep running”. In the end, the Kenyan runner reigned supreme in the Boston Marathon. Kenyans Benson Kipruto and Diana Kipyogei won the elite men and women categories respectively. In the men’s wheelchair category, Marcel Hug from Switzerland won and Manuela Schär, also from Switzerland, won for the women.
2018 Boston Marathon runner Abhishek Singh, who represented the TCS-BAA partnership and the FIA as president, thanked BAA for giving them the opportunity to partner with BAA and provide volunteer and technical services. and gain a new experience in life. He said we will surely come back next year to work with BAA.
“We are proud to be BAA volunteers,” said Deepak Sharma of the FIA. He also thanked all members of TCS, FIA and the Indo-American community, especially their volunteers, namely Captain Mike, Bret, Geetha Patil, Jyoti Singh, Raj Gupta, Om Gautam Patel, Ronav Muktha Munjal , Sanju Ajay Palapurthi, Priyanka Jaiswal, Deepak Rathore, Rakesh Kumar, Himanshu Bhagat, Harish Parmar, Madhavi Parmar, Prashad, Anand Sharma, Shankar, Santosh for volunteering and making the event a great success, and properly cleaning up the routes after the event, ”Singh said.
“In this auspicious month of Hindu heritage as a call to be of service to the community, I wanted to tell you that I have greatly enjoyed volunteering at BAA,” said Kaushik Patel, president of the World Hindu Council, chapter of the New England.
“It was exciting to be here and everything went really well. The other volunteers were great, and every competitor in the race was gracious and thanked us for being there, ”said Rama Penumathi of Team Aid.