Source: Dainik Bhaskar (22-April-2019)
Sufiya Khan, an ultra runner from Rajasthan is all set for a mission ‘Run for Hope – Humanity-Oneness-Peace-Equality’ from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Sufiya will attempt to run for 100 days during which she will cover a distance of more than 4000 km at an average of 50 km per day.Sufiya is likely to start her expedition on 21 April 2019 from Srinagar, Kashmir. The 33-year-old Sufiya started this initiative with an aim to run for humanity and peace and to spread a message of positivity in India.“It’s not just for my personal achievement but the motive is to spread a message of humanity and peace and it is the best way to connect with people of various cultures and region,” Sufiya says.During the expedition, Sufiya will be running through major cities, villages besides will interact with people of different cultures and region. “In every major city, local running and cycling groups will accompany me in my journey,” she says.
She says that one can explore the ‘real India’ by running through different places. “I hope this initiative will leave a positive impact on peoples’ mind,” she adds.Sufiya, who hails from Ajmer, Rajasthan, started her running journey two years back in 2017. “It’s been two years when I started running to gain fitness. From past ten years I’ve been working in Aviation industry. It was very difficult for me to take care of my health and diet because of weekly rotational working shifts. So I used to run whenever I had free time to keep myself physically fit,” she says.
Eventually Sufiya started taking part in long running events and soon running long distance became her passion. “Running gave me the freedom to be myself. It brought a change in my mindset and I felt stronger and more enabled to deal with my life. It became my refuge and my biggest strength so I continued to run.”In March 2018, Sufiya became the first and fastest female athlete to travel on Great Indian Golden Triangle on foot during which she covers almost 720 Kms in 16 days. With this achievement, Sufiya’s name was also recorded in India Book of Records.“Since that time I never turned back and I continued the thrill of running. I also left my job so as to get enough time to practice,” she says and adds, “My parents are very supportive and it is only because of them that I’m able to take part in this expedition.”Sufiya says that the new expedition from Kashmir to Kanyakumari will also be recorded in Guinness Book of World Records. “I will be the first and fastest female runner from India to run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari,” she concludes.