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The 19-Year-Old’s Reason For The 10 Km Midnight Run Is Stuff Of Legends

Hailing from Uttarakhand, the young man lives with his brother, while his mother is in hospital.


A young man was seen sprinting deliberately down Noida street at midnight in a video that garnered thousands of views within minutes after being posted on social media on Sunday afternoon. Despite being drenched in sweat, the runner repeatedly turned down offers from filmmaker and author Vinod Kapri to give him a ride home.

Calling the boy’s reason for politely rejecting the promotion as “pure gold”, the filmmaker narrated his interaction with 19-year-old Pradeep Mehra in an inspiring clip, as he managed to gradually impress Mr Kapri with each new piece of information. he revealed about himself. determined to run 10 km in the middle of the night.

In the video, Mr. Kapri is filming from his car, as he rides with the young man, who says he ran home from work after his shift at McDonald’s. Despite being offered a lift, Mr Mehra insisted that he preferred to run home as he did not have time to run otherwise.

When urged further as to why he was running at all at this late hour, he replied, “To join the army.”

Mr. Kapri again offered to drop the boy off, telling him to run in the morning, but Mr. Mehra told him that he did not have time to practice at that time, as he had to get up at 8 am every day to cook food before work.

Hailing from Uttarakhand, Mr Mehra runs 10 km every day, from his job in Sector 16 Noida to his home in Barola, where he lives with his brother.

When asked where his parents were, the boy told Mr Kapri that his mother, who was unwell, had been admitted to hospital.

Mr. Kapri, still to the beat of Mr. Mehra, tells him that this clip will be contagious.

“Who will recognize me?” laughed the runner in response. “If it goes viral, it’s okay. It’s not like I did something wrong.”

When informed that after Mr. Mehra’s earnest sprint returned, he still planned to cook afterwards, Mr. Kapri said, “Come, have dinner with me.”

“No, but my brother will be left hungry later,” replied Mr. Mehra, again rejecting the filmmaker’s help, adding that his brother had a night shift at work and could not cook for himself at this time.

“Pradeep, you are great,” replied Mr. Kapri with admiration.

“Let me please send you home,” he added, in a final attempt to change Mr. Mehra’s mind.

“No no, I’m going to go like this, otherwise my run will be ruined. This is my daily routine,” said the determined 19 -year -old, with a wry smile once again.

Finally praying for the best for the boy, Mr. Kapri’s video ends with a caption that reads, “Pradeep’s story will inspire millions of people.”

Within three hours, the video had garnered more than six lakh views on Twitter and 19,000 retweets, with attention growing rapidly on the clip, as commentators paid tribute to Pradeep Mehra’s unwavering determination and resilient attitude towards the undisputed situation.


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