Bright and oh-so-early Sunday morning, Bangalore was a vision in pink as women poured out to participate in the fifth edition of the Milind Soman-championed Pinkathon! Cutting across age brackets (there were mommy-baby duos!), professions, disabilities, and everything in between, women in Bangalore ran in support of staying fit and getting healthy.
It was a morning brimming with woman-power and ringing with stories of hope and survival!
A life-changing episode for many, one of the participants, Sabika Mirza, recounts her experience of challenging herself to complete the momentous run and getting a selfie with Milind Soman too.
I don’t really fall into the bracket of #fitgirlswhorun, but I am one of those 11,000 women who believe in the multiple causes that Pinkathon symbolizes!
So here’s how it all went. All motivated, despite no exercise or training, I went to Kanteerava stadium at 5:30 AM. I could see women who looked about 80 years old preparing for the run, mothers with toddlers strapped to their backs were warming up, and I overheard many stories of breast cancer survivors and the passion which brought them to run on this chilly morning...there was inspiration everywhere! Amazed by the sheer turnout, I knew I had to finish my run; it wasn’t just about me and my stamina, it was about the causes which Pinkathon supports.
10 Pushups to get my selfie with Milind Soman
At the Pinkathon
I even managed to get a selfie with Milind Soman, post his much celebrated ‘earn the selfie’ with 10 pushups rule! A little scared that I may not be able to pull it off, I told him I haven’t been gymming for a while; to which he said, “why do you need a gym to do push-ups?” This was encouragement enough to move mountains and I managed it. And what do you know, my selfie with him got picked by social media platforms!
Pinkathon isn’t just a marathon, it’s a health uprising with the power to break conventional ideologies and taboos, which even today’s women succumb to.
It is a cause so strong that it assembles women from all over the country to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and run towards a better and healthier social and physical stature. Running with 11,000 women dressed in everything from burkas and saris to shorts and kurtas, everyone sweating it out and pushing their every muscle in their body without giving up, I knew that Pinkathon is really about everything that womanhood symbolises!
Pinkathon is India’s Biggest Women’s Run, founded by Milind Soman and Reema Sanghavi, organised by the United Sisters Foundation and created with the specific purpose of getting more and more women to adopt a fitter lifestyle for themselves and their families, and to highlight the need for increased awareness other issues that put women’s lives at risk.