Manor Lakes man Karthik Viswanathan has created a new platform for runners to connect.

Mr Viswanathan, a keen runner himself, launched the technology start-up BibVault earlier this year.

He described BibVault as “an online recognition platform” that provides runners with a central place to view all of their race results and search for upcoming races.

Runners can also redeem a percentage of their entry fees from race events in return for rewards from businesses, such as cafes and sports clubs.

Mr Viswanathan said he was thrilled when BibVault was last year selected to take part in Enterprising Wyndham, a mentoring program developed by Wyndham council, the Scanlon Foundation and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, aimed at helping Wyndham residents to develop their own business.

Mr Viswanathan said he started running nine years ago, when he moved from Melbourne to Sydney for work, as a way to explore his new city. While in Sydney, he ended up entering City 2 Surf, a race of 14 kilometres.

“As an experiment to push myself to explore my true potential, I signed up for it and to my surprise I managed to complete it huffing and puffing, but it was joyful,” he said.

Since then, he has completed 11 half marathons and three full marathons.

Details: www.bibvault.com