On April 18, 2022, Jayaprakash Enjapuri completed the 6th Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) race in Boston to become the first Telugu
person and 48th Indian out of 251 across the world to have completed all 6 AWMM marathons and secured the world’s oldest and prestigious Six Star Finisher Medal.
AWMM is a popular and worldwide recognized oldest marathon. It consists
of six of the world’s largest and most renowned marathons that happen in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, and Tokyo. The marathon routes vary greatly in elevation, course, and surface. Athletes who complete all 6 AWMM marathons are awarded the world-famous Six Star Finisher Medal.
Enjapuri completed the Chicago marathon in 2017, Tokyo & Berlin in 2018, and London in 2021.
Born in a small village Yellandu in Khammam district in the state of Telangana like most of the typical Indian village kids, Enjapuri used to run back and forth between home and school, and developed a passion for running over the course of time.
Fast forward to July 1998, Enjapuri came to the United States of America, and it changed the dynamics completely. With burning desire and instinct, he became a member of the New York Road Runner organization. After getting denials for 8 consecutive years, he got a breakthrough entry in March 2016, through his ‘Team for Kids’ charity work, to participate in the New York City marathon.
With lot of practice runs like 10K and half marathons, Enjapuri finished Staten Island half marathon in May 2016, and it instilled the confidence to participate in the long-distance New York City marathon. His lifetime journey took a new turn at 5:40 pm on November 6, 2016 when he crossed the finish line of his first mega marathon in New York City Central Park. It was then that he decided to complete the remaining 5 of the Abbott World
Marathon Majors (AWMM) races.
“With millions of spectators and hundreds of thousands of athletes, billions were raised for charity and world records were broken in these marathons. To me, marathon is not going to be over with one race or one medal. It’s just the beginning of my incredible journey to go around the world and fulfill my passion as an athlete.”
Enjapuri is an IT professional, with a master’s degree, working for an MNC in New York. An avid sportsperson he has played multiple US open Carromboard championships. He is also well known for his charity work.
He is currently serving as President of the Telugu Literary & Cultural Association (TLCA), a 51-year-old nonprofit organization based in New York. He recently got selected for a national award from Telangana American Telugu Association (TTA) in sports category and will be receiving it at the TTA mega convention in New Jersey on May 27th, 2022.