Why we thought of an all women ultra?
The first multi-day race in India, The Thar Desert Ultra, which was hosted by Globeracers in 2009, had two women, Brigid Wefelnberg and Madhusmita Jena, and 4 men, from 5 different countries! Who would’ve thought, and to top it off, one of the women runners, though now living in Egypt, is of Indian origin. We thought there weren’t any ultra runners in India, given we only had one Indian participant, and that too not for the multi-day format!
In 2010 October, when Globeracers hosted India’s first 100-mile race, we had the first Indian ultra runner, Asha Arora, who not only completed 50miles with an inspiring performance, but did so, well within the cut-off time, running through lonely trails through the night.
‘What?’, we thought. Breaking every cliched notion, are women who are trudging up to the start line of unpopular sport in India, and blowing away our carefully set notions. They are strong, they are powerful, they are inspirational and. they are the all-talented women who are setting the trails on fire, running up the mountains with unheard of skill and setting records.
In 2011, we had our first 100-mile runner in the form of Aparna Chaudhry, and boy did she leave a few men behind!
Now, in 2012 and 2013, women are taking to ultras, as much to satisfy their love for running, but also as a means to do good with every mile they run. They raise funds for a cause they support, they crew for fellow runners, they come along with their partners to cheer and egg them on, and yes, they organize
If this wasn’t inspiration enough, we certainly need to have our hearts and minds examined The upcoming all-women Ultra in the Nilgiris, in December 2013, is our way of letting our gentle souls know that they are tough, inspiring, just as good as any other, and that we believe they are setting an example with their mind and spirit.
If you think you cannot, you only have to watch this space for more stories about these awesome women, as we cover their journey through life, through the trails and through the toughest situations they face, along with the joys and happiness that makes them, them.
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