2015 Ancient Oaks 100 miles run

December 21, 2015  •  2 Comments

Imagine running from 7 in the morning and throughout the night to finish the race the next day.  You say, that's crazy! I say, no kidding!  This weekend my friend Sushma KC Manandhar (I also call her Super woman :) finished her 100-mile race in Titusville and I was there to cheer her on.  She also raised funds ($5000+) through her fundraise "A 100 miles for a 100 reasons" to help rebuild and restore Nepal post earthquake.  A mother of two, she is an inspiration to me and others, especially Nepali women who give up on their dreams after marriage.   It's not too late to donate.  Link to her fundraisehttps://www.youcaring.com/nepal-earthquake-rebuild-relief-process-396891

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The Ancient Oaks 100-mile endurance run course is a 3.46 mile loop 29 times.  Sigh, that's more than 29 5Ks to put things in perspective.  Now, talking about me, the longest I've ran is 7 hours.  I was hurting towards the end but surprisingly something happens to you when you are in a race that makes you keep going no matter what.  Although I've some long distance running experience, I could not believe or imagine how these Ultra runners run such long hours.  Some of the runners were above 60 years old.  I kept going back and forth from thinking they are crazy to they are amazing.  Ofcourse they know they are both :)  I keep thinking of this quote when I see the Ultra runners, "Everyone has a limit, not everyone finds it".  

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My friend finished her race in 30 hours and not only she was hurting, but was nauseated too from around mile 60.  I did not know how she was going to finish the race as she puked and lost control.  But this woman never fails to amaze me with her perseverance.  She took breaks and quick naps in between and her endurance led her to the finish line.  To help her get through the race, Heather didi (sister in Nepali) had a big role too.  Heather was amazing with her natural motherly traits in taking care of the runners, keeping track of them and their needs.  Being an ultra runner herself, she knew exactly what to say and what to give to the runners, including tough love to get them going.  

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Heather Davenport Didi 

I don't think I'll ever run such long distance, but hey I can be part of it by taking pictures.  Here are some of the photos from the event, runners and supporters.  Hats off to these amazing men and women who push boundaries and make us realize that there's no such thing as impossible!  

 

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Sushma's daughter came out to support her mom.  

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Heather Didi(non-registered)
Great photos! I'm glad you were able to take it all in and become part of the journey that we all love so much!
Analin Martinez(non-registered)
Great job to all of you for taking the decision to involve your life in a good way and for a good cause !!!
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