Rajpaul Pannu

QT: 2:17:06

Residence: Oakland, CA

Hometown: Lancaster, CA

College: Saint Mary's College of California

Age on Race Day: 28

Affiliation: HOKA One One Aggies

Qualifying Race: California International Marathon 2017

Marathon Best: 2:17:06

Social handles: Instagram - @lightningraj

Favorite inspirational quote:  "Fight on my men, says Sir Andrews Walter. Little I am hurt, but not yet slain. I'll just lie me down and bleed awhile. Then rise up to fight again." - Marv Levy

Favorite post-race indulgence: Dark chocolate pretzels and tea

Favorite move: Lagaan (a Bollywood film)

Of Note: 

  • High School Math Teacher at Impact Academy of the Arts and Technology
  • First generation Indian-American, entire family except mother lives in Northern India 
  • Raised by single mother after father passed away from heart disease. Took up running in high school to ensure that he didn't follow his father's footsteps of poor diet and inactivity
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