“I come from a place where life is
the most difficult.
The closest source of drinking water
was 40 minutes from my house.
Everyday I walked several hours with over
25 kilos of weight in my back.
And my family’s immediate concern for many
years was the next meal.
Rough terrain and hard labour was the way of life.
But I always knew one day I will do something,
I was always looking out for opportunities.
In 2005, I joined the maoists rebels
and was involved in their activities for 2 years.
I saw this as an opportunity for exposure.
I was good in sports particularly running.
I excelled and kept to it.
12 months back I got an opportunity to participate
in a 50 km race and I grabbed it.
I won and I never looked back.
Today I have participated in over 9 international
ultra trail runs –
running the most difficult of terrains
and altitudes in several continents
and I have won 8 of those races breaking
records in 4.
But my story will always start from where
I came from,
from the days I walked 40 minutes every day
for many years just to fetch water.”
- Mira Rai.
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