Tuesday, May 31, 2011

True Grit

The Comrades Marathon. Fifty-two miles, twelve hours. Four cut-off points to be reached by a fixed time.
Last year, Amit and Neepa became the first couple from India to finish. This year Amit discharged himself from hospital to get to the Start Line. They ran side-by-side for over half the distance, till Amit's body gave way. Neepa reluctantly left her husband behind, and started eating the miles. She overtook men and women alike, and with her trademark grace, finished with less than four minutes to spare.
Joy at finishing the Ultimate Race. Sorrow at having to do it alone. Salute!!!
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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Last year, I ran with Neepa once on a training run. A more humble and graceful person I am yet to meet. Will cherish the memory forever.

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She had added determination!

Chuck said...

What a great story of many emotions in so few words. Bravo Rayna!

@lankr1ta said...

Whenever I need perspective in my life, i read your blog.

slommler said...

That is sad that she had to finish alone. But wowzers!! Amit is amazing. Checked out of hospital to run!! Fantastic!
Hugs
SUeAnn

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - Thanks for sharing this wonderful story of courage and strength. I love it! Neepa and Amit both deserve so much credit.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, this was powerful, Natasha! So bittersweet!

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