#RunningForKerala

Update posted by Ajay Jacob On Nov 19, 2018

Dear friends,

This is a bit of a late update, but I wanted to let you know that I managed to complete the Amsterdam marathon on 21 October. My 'mundu' managed to win the battle against gravity, my calves just about won the battle against cramp, and I got over the finish line in mostly one piece :)

In some further exciting news, this little #MunduMarathon initiative was picked up by the local press in Kerala and a reporter contacted me via Twitter to ask some questions. In a couple of days, the story appeared both in the print and web editions of the Malayalam Manorama, one of Kerala's largest selling newspapers. [link to the English version is here.]

And finally, this Wednesday I will be visiting the Indian Embassy in The Hague to hand over a cheque to the Ambassador in person. It will then be forwarded to the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.

So, once again, thank you for your kind support of #RunningForKerala. Every little bit will make a big difference in the ongoing rebuilding effort.

This is the MunduMan signing off ;)

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Update posted by Ajay Jacob On Oct 19, 2018

Dear friends,

I just wanted to give you a quick update. I’m feeling pretty nervous ahead of this first full marathon attempt, but thankfully physically I feel pretty good. Keeping fingers crossed that health, weather, and everything else is favourable on Sunday.

In addition (and this might explain some of the nervousness), I'll be running the marathon in this outfit, as a form of tribute to victims and in support of survivors of Kerala floods.

This may well be the world’s first marathon attempt in this traditional dress (called a mundu in Kerala), but because I haven’t had too much opportunity to train in this (for obvious reasons) I still have no idea whether it will stay in place over 42 kms.

Anyway, I’m committed now and hope that I can pull it off (not the mundu of course) !

Thank you for supporting me as well as contributing to the cause.

I will be sure to send another update after the run!

Ajay

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