November 3, 2023
After talking to a doctor about some health concerns, Natarajan Chandrasekaran began going on long walks. In the ensuing months, he found a life-changing passion for not just walking but running. In 2008, at age 44, he ran his first marathon. Looking to do more, Chandrasekaran also convinced the company he worked at, an IT company headquartered in Mumbai, to invest in marathons.
For Chandrasekaran, the lessons he learned from running apply everywhere. “To succeed, you will need tremendous willpower, perseverance,” he said in a 2022 talk. “And you require a certain rhythm and pace to keep going.”
Today, Tata Consultancy Services, which goes by TCS, sponsors marathons around the world, from London to Mumbai to Amsterdam. But the biggest marathon with its name is happening this weekend. The New York City Marathon, held every first Sunday of November, is now in its 53rd year. Starting in 1970 with only 55 runners crossing the finish line, today, it is also the world’s largest, with over 50,000 participants this year. Despite TCS planning to pour hundreds of millions into marathons, however, few know what the company does or about its Indian roots. Experts, though, say this is intentional.