Vel Kumar started running in 2016 to pay for his education as his family was not able to pay for his education through their income. He watched videos to learn the nuances of running and started to participate in 10km road races. In the first road race participated by him in Cancerathon 2018 he got the third place in 10km Road Race.Vel Kumar then figured out his potential in athletics and started to win medals in various events across Tamil Nadu.
Without any coaching he went onto win gold medal in 5000m at Vellore District Championship with a time of 17:32.50 .Vel Kumar participated in Chennai Half Marathon 2018 approved by Athletic Federation of India and won the gold medal in 10 Km Category by clocking 35:48. Then went on to participate in the most decorated marathon of Chennai which is the Sketchers Marathon 2019 and clocked his personal best time of 34:57.
Vel Kumar wants to participate in the 10km Category of Mumbai Marathon (Bronze label) and improve his time to below 32 minutes. He is sure of being in the top 10 of Indians but does not have the financial support to travel to Mumbai. So he requests people to donate as much as they can to reach his amount. Vel Kumar is sure of repaying the donors by displaying his best performance in India’s No 1 Marathon.