The fitness icon and first Ironman of India Milind Soman completed the Great India Run Thursday morning at Gateway of India, Mumbai, for which he ran barefoot from Ahmedabad to Mumbai - a 570 km distance. In the last leg of the marathon, he got the company of his 76-year-old mother - always an inspiration for him - who dressed in sari, ran barefoot.
Soman wants to promote running as a sport
Milind Soman turned 50 years last year but has proved that age is just a number. He undertook the barefoot running of 570 kms to promote running as a sport. Great India Run initiative was a multi-city event, which starting from New Delhi and ended in Mumbai, the total distance was 1480 km. Milind Soman joined the Ahmedabad-Mumbai leg of the marathon.
Soman gives credit to mother for inspiration
It is not for the first time that Usha Soman, Soman mother has surprised with her physical strength. Even in 2014 she ran 100 kms in less than 48 hours while participating in a marathon. In an earlier interview, Soman had said, "I give credit to my mom for inspiring and encouraging me to take sports seriously. She was a professor of biochemistry and at the age of 60 when she retired she started trekking."
Launching running sarees for women
And for women, who love running, Milind Soman has some pleasant news as he is in the process of launching running sarees. The new sports wear is for the women, who feel uncomfortable in running in conventional sports suits and feel easy in traditional sari. In an interview he said, "Most Indian women are not comfortable running in conventional shorts. So, we want to give them a special sari, which is lighter and has less volume of cloth, so that they can feel comfortable running while wearing it."
Pinkathon in eight cities
In a blog, which appeared in Huffington Post last year Milind Soman had informed "We now organize The Pinkathon in eight cities. More than 10,000 women run at each of these events over the 3km, 5km, 10km and 21km distances. They run in running gear but also in sarees and salwar kameez and hijabs and whatever attire they deem fit and keeps them comfortable".
Soman is Ironman triathlon winner
Milind Soman, who is a former supermodel also holds the title of Ironman triathlon winner which is considered as the hardest challenges in the world to complete. It is an approximately 225 km race including 180.25 km bike ride, 3.86 km swim, and a 42.20 km run. He completed the triathlon in 15 hours 19 minutes.