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RUN THE WORLD: 36-year-old Swetha Amit started running December of 2010 in her hometown of Mumbai, India. She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and as a result lost a lot of blood, strength and self confidence.
"Since I couldn’t lift weights in the gym as I used too, I took up running to build back my strength and restore my sense of worth," she says. Six months later she ran her first half marathon in Mumbai.
"The sheer feeling of crossing the finish line and with the endorphins kicking in got me hooked. Running has been a part of my life ever since and will continue to be as long as I am alive."
So far she has run one full marathon, 26 half marathons, three Double Races, two 15k's and several 10K's. She has had eight podium finishes. "I have gained a wonderful community called the Mumbai Road Runners which is the largest running group in India.
I have met a lot of inspiring people and learnt a lot from them. I have also run some incredible events in California in the last year which has changed my perception about running."
She came to California about a year ago with her husband and daughter. "We met up a year ago on the Stanford campus," says Bob Anderson. Her husband would be studyng at Stanford over the next year. Swetha would enroll in some creative writing classes.
"A Facebook friend Ram, founder of Mumbai Road Runner. told me she was coming. I was impressed by her right from the start. Obviously running was a major part of her life along with her family. We connected right away as us runners do," says Bob. Swetha says of her stay,
"We landed here in Stanford, California in June 2017. Coming away from my comfort zone and home in India was initially intimidating. However, I decided to embrace the opportunities." And she did.
She has run 27 races and is doing a couple more before leaving in August. "My stay in the Bay area has been a memorable experience."
Asked about our Run The World Challenge, "I think it’s a fantastic idea. I have always marveled at the fact that running somehow manages to connect people from across the globe. We run in different parts of the world yet there is this common thread that ultimately brings us together. We inspire, get inspired from people of varied backgrounds, age groups and their ability to battle against the odds. I feel elated to be a part of this phenomenal challenge."(06/22/2018) ⚡AMP