Indian Grandmother Wins Marathon Barefoot, In Sari

So this is awesome.

By Jamilah King Jan 07, 2014

So this is awesome. Lata Bhagwan Kare, a grandmother from Pimpli, India (who, depending on what you read is either 61 or 66 years old)  won the nearby Baramati marathon to cap off 2013. But what makes her win even more impressive is that she did it while running barefoot and wearing a nauvari (a Maharashtrian sari). From Yahoo! News India:

Kare revealed that she felt a little nervous standing at the start line – "I felt 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."

Kare, in fact, did not start the race barefoot; she initially ran with her slippers on. But she did away with them a few metres into the race, when one of them slipped out from under her foot and she decided to abandon the other one.

Organizer Sachin Satav said on this surprising development, "We never expected a participant like Kare to be the winner of the race. It was pleasant surprise. We were extremely happy while handing over the trophy to Kare."

h/t Angry Asian Man via Yahoo! News India.