You see this woman? She is a grandmother from Pimpli, about 7 km from Baramati, Maharashtra. She is 67 years old and you know why she is running? Because she is participating in a marathon.
Lata Kare is a farm labourer and a marathon runner for Baramati athletes. Lata shone to limelight in 2013 when she ran the marathon race BAREFOOT in a nine-yard NAUVARI saree and WON. She had run the marathon for the first time!
How did it all start
She left everyone behind within minutes of the beginning of the race.
A little awkward, as all the other participants were staring at my dress. That also made me a little nervous. However, when the race began and I started overtaking them one by one, I gained my energy. While running I was talking to myself and telling that I want to win this race and I did it
She faced resistance initially but Lata was not the kind who would give up.
When I came to know about the competition, I decided to participate in the event. I gathered courage and informed my son that I wanted to run the Marathon. Initially, he gave me a weird look as in his opinion it was not possible, given my age. But I was determined, so he finally gave in
She wasn’t prepared as regular marathoners are and came to know about the competition a few days before the D-day. She laughed about being judged at first.
I used to go for morning walks daily, but I had never run. If I had even tried to run, people would have found it strange and they would have asked me uncomfortable questions.
What is Lata’s story?
Draped in a traditional nauvari, Lata ran and defeated all experienced marathoners. But what made Lata do this? For fame? For attention? NO. Lata did it for her ailing husband. A dedicated wife ran for the life of her husband. Lata’s husband, Bhagwan Kare suffers from a heart disease and was in need of an MRI which would cost them 15,000-20,000 INR. She won the first prize and the money too (5,000 INR).
Lata had her slippers when she started running but one of them slipped away. But that didn’t stop her. She threw the other one too and ran. Lata has been winning the marathon for THREE consecutive years and raising money for her husband and family. The first time was for her husband’s ailment. The second and third time was for building a house. They are still struggling with the charges of the expensive medicines.
When asked if she would continue running, she said,
“I want to. But only god knows whether I remain as strong then as I am today.”
Help started pouring in for Lata and her family and finally she has opened her first bank account. 08380934424 is the contact number of Sunil Kare and if you want to transfer money then please do so at A/C 33532974361 of Central Bank’s Baramati branch.
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