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From Tax Enforcement to Ultra Marathon

IRS officer Satbir Singh's transition from marathon to ultra marathon shows his adventurous spirit and unwavering determination. Conquering a gruelling 75-kilometre uphill run in December 2023 showcased his resolve, paving the way for his upcoming 100-kilometre ultra marathon in Kangra. Balancing his administrative duties with rigorous training, he adheres to a meticulously structured schedule, prioritizing proper nutrition, rest, and rigorous workouts.
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Satbir Singh, a dedicated IRS officer currently serving as the Joint Commissioner (Vigilance) in the Income Tax Department, Delhi, is not just passionate about enforcing tax compliance but also about conquering marathons. Hailing from the picturesque land of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Singh finds solace and strength in running, a pursuit that has become an integral part of his life. 

Despite his demanding profession, he seamlessly integrates his love for running into his routine, showcasing exemplary discipline and determination.

Indian Masterminds exclusively spoke with the officer to know more about his passion, and how he manages his busy schedule.

PASSION IGNITED

The 2008-batch officer’s journey into the realm of long-distance running traces back to his college days, where he initially dabbled in shorter distances.

However, in 2018, spurred on by a friend, he ventured into the realm of half-marathons. What began as a single challenge soon transformed into a fervent pursuit as Mr. Singh found himself drawn to the exhilaration of crossing the finish lines and pushing his limits.

“Since then, I have been participating in numerous half and full marathons across Mumbai, covering distances as long as 100 kilometers,” shared Mr. Singh.

LEAP INTO THE ULTRA REALM

The allure of ultra marathons, races that extend beyond the traditional marathon distance, captivated Mr. Singh’s adventurous spirit. Encouraged by his friend, he embarked on gruelling training regimens, gradually increasing his mileage to prepare for the daunting challenge.

His dedication was put to the ultimate test on December 17, 2023, when he conquered a staggering 75-kilometre uphill run – an achievement that fortified his resolve. Undeterred by the formidable distances, the officer is currently gearing up for his next feat: a 100-kilometre ultra marathon in Kangra on March 10.

PREPARATION AND DISCIPLINE

Preparing for such arduous endeavors demands unwavering discipline, sincerity, and consistency – a trifecta that Mr. Singh embodies both in his professional and personal life. His training regimen entails a meticulously structured schedule, comprising rigorous workouts, proper nutrition, and ample rest.

Balancing his administrative duties with his passion for running, the officer adheres to a routine that sees him rising at dawn for morning runs and dedicating evenings to gym sessions.

“I reserve my weekends for longer runs, ranging from 20 to 25 kilometers, thus gradually building my endurance and stamina,” he told Indian Masterminds.

HARMONY BETWEEN CAREER AND PASSION

Remarkably, Mr. Singh has seamlessly harmonized his career aspirations with his fervent pursuit of running. Grateful for the understanding and support of his superiors, he has never encountered obstacles in balancing work commitments with his racing endeavors.

His professional journey, marked by stints in various wings, including investigation, has been enriched by his indomitable spirit and commitment to excellence.

A TESTAMENT TO HOLISTIC WELL-BEING

For the Jammu-based IRS officer, running transcends mere physical activity; it is a testament to holistic well-being encompassing both mind and body. He advocates for the importance of prioritizing physical health alongside mental well-being, emphasizing the enduring benefits of cultivating a habit of regular exercise.

With each stride, he not only strengthens his body but also nurtures his resilience, setting an inspiring example for others to follow. In IRS officer Satbir Singh, we find a beacon of inspiration – a man who embodies the ethos of dedication, perseverance, and passion. As he continues to navigate the intricate landscape of tax enforcement, he does so with the same unwavering commitment and fervor that propel him across marathon finish lines.

His journey serves as a reminder that with determination and discipline, one can conquer both professional heights and personal aspirations, leaving an indelible mark on the path they tread.


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