Anu Vaidyanathan is the first Asian, male or female, to have competed in Ultraman Canada triathlon having a 10km swim, 420km bike and an 84.4km run, placing 6th, being the youngest finisher that year. She backed this up with Ironman Canada, three weeks later, becoming the only athlete to do so in the history of the race. Triathlon is an arduous sport involving swimming, cycling and running. Anu specializes in the half- Ironman (1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21.2K run) and Ironman length (3.8K swim, 180K bike, 42.2K run) events, which are amongst the most difficult, single-day endurance events in the world. Having competed all over the world, Anu Vaidyanathan is also the only Indian triathlete to have qualified for the 70.3 Half-Ironman World Championship.
Besides being an award-winning athlete, Anu is an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker at forums on Sport, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership and the Founder of PatNMarks, an Intellectual Property Consulting Firm. Anu received her PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Canterbury setting the Department and University record in 26 months, shortly after her Ultraman placing. She has been affiliated with both the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad teaching courses in Computer Architecture, Innovation and Business Policy.
Being regularly featured in some of the world’s best print and television media in Sport, Lifestyle, Women’s and Business segments including Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, Triathlete Magazine, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, NDTV, CNN and prominent radio channels, Anu is also a new mom and an upcoming author, with her first book on sport releasing in 2016.