An Olympic Dream

Karan after making the Indian National Team

Karan Sachdeva is just like any other mechanical engineering student: he took bikes apart and put them back together as a child, has a tutoring job here on campus, and enjoys running.

The only difference is that Karan is training to qualify to run track for India in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“5:30 A.M., two-hour workout before class. Then I have work at Rinella Learning Center. After everything’s done, I go to work out again at 5:30 for another two hours,” said Karan. 

He met his coach, Bob Schul, when the former Olympic athlete and Miami alum came to do one of his book signings on campus.  They started training during winter break of 2012, and Bob told him on Christmas Day to ‘get ready to run for India.’

His professors are very accommodating to his schedule, but Karan says that going to office hours has helped him stay on top of things. 

“They’re not going to go easy on you just because you’re an athlete. Everyone has to do the same amount of work,” Karan said. 

Karan needs to run a 5k (3.1 miles) in 13:28 minutes to qualify for the Olympics.  After school he plans to run professionally and work for an engineering company.