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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016 Blogs

7 runners, 5 nationalities, 3 continents, 1 goal
10-Feb-2016 06:41:34 AM [(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi]

So this is it, Team Sahra's inaugural post, sent the night before the seven of us are leaving our respective homes on our way to Sri Lanka, appropriately written from the floor of my New York apartment at 1h30a.m., surrounded by half-closed ziplock bags and socks and covered in oatmeal flakes - I wonder how many other competitors are finding themselves in the same situation?

Well, that just might be where the similarities end. For this is no normal blog. This blog will, over the next ten days, report on the trials and tribulations of seven people who couldn't be any more diverse:

- The namegivers to "Team Sahra": Arzoo, Kubra and Mahdi from Kabul, Afghanistan, who - thanks to the generous support of RacingThePlanet - will be attempting to become the first mixed gender team from Afghanistan to participate in an international running event (you can read detailed profiles of Team Sahra on the home page of www.freetorun.org)

- And their supporters Belinda, Cynthia, Karen and Connie (with varying degrees of fitness and experience in ultramarathons), flying in from Switzerland, Canada, USA and Hong Kong.

In about 48 hours, we will be meeting for the first time, although this follows a flurry of whatsapp and facebook messages and videos over the past couple of months that have helped Team Sahra (and those other rookies on the team) prepare for this epic race. Our Ipods are charged with an eclectic mix of "Eye of the Tiger" and Afghan favourite Aryana Sayeed; our prayer rugs are packed; and we have all made our best attempts at guessing what everybody's common most favourite snack will be. Then, of course, there remain the questions on everybody's running newby's troubled mind: spare clean socks or not? To go commando or not? To wash or not to wash? These shall all be answered in due course. For now, safe travels, safr amin, and so long!

 

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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016

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Kubra, Arzoo and Mahdi are three students from Kabul, Afghanistan, who together make up Afghanistan's first mixed gender team to take on an ultramarathon. They will be supported by international runners Belinda, Cynthia, Karen and Connie

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Hometown
Kabul, Afghanistan

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Kubra, Arzoo and Mahdi are three students from
Kabul, Afghanistan, who together make up
Afghanistan's first mixed gender team to take on
an ultramarathon. They will be supported by
international runners Belinda, Cynthia, Karen and
Connie

Why are you competing?
Arzoo: I run to make it common for girls to be
running in the streets. Kubra: I started running
to earn the street!
Mahdi: In Afghanistan, women practising alone
without men is not safe. I want to change the
impossible to possible

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