Apart from work, Nikhil’s abiding passions are fitness and running. Having discovered it a decade ago, running is today an important facet of Nikhil’s physical and mental wellbeing. It helps him right-zone and refocus his mind, while enabling him to constantly push the boundaries of what he’s achieved before. Nikhil has completed over 30 Full and Half Marathons in India, Asia Pacific, Middle-East, Europe and North America. He has also completed the world’s largest running relay race in Portland, USA, – Hood to Coast - which is a 199-mile team relay event. In 2017-18, he decided to push himself beyond running by completing four triathlons, including two back-to-back IronMan 70.3 races in Dubai and Colombo. He also likes to keep things interesting by participating in extreme fitness events like X Warrior and the Devil’s Circuit.
Nikhil now uses his running as a platform for various CSR activities – his own as well as for GoDaddy’s philanthropic arm, GoDaddy Cares. In 2017, he led a team of GoDaddy employees in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) to support the ‘Save The Children India’ NGO and its cause of ending discrimination against underprivileged children. In an attempt to give back to the running community and as an ode to all the people he leaned on for encouragement and expertise as a beginner himself, in 2018, Nikhil used his tenth run at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, participating as a pacer, and helping other marathoners achieve their personal bests. Nikhil also enrolled GoDaddy India to join the Indian government’s Self4society platform, an open digital space for all tech companies in India to share stories of how they are bringing social change in the country. Under his able social and corporate leadership, GoDaddy India made it to the leader board of Self4Society portal, as one of the top 5 companies for their meaningful contribution towards the upliftment of underprivileged sections of the society. Besides this, Nikhil, has conducted many digital literacy drive programs in smaller towns across the country.