The Kabul Marathon was held yesterday. According to Free to Run, this is the first time women have participated in, and completed, a marathon in Afghanistan (just a hunch, I’m guessing this excludes servicewomen from overseas).
Nelofar and Zainab have been documenting some of their adventures on the Free to Run blog. It’s really interesting stuff. Yesterday, Nelofar completed the marathon alongside two men from Skyrunning Afghanistan.
Video highlights of the race can be seen here.
I’m disappointed in the global media coverage of the race. It has been nonexistent. That is not an exaggeration – there is literally nothing except Facebook posts from the marathon itself and Free to Run.
This could be a watershed moment. Consider where women’s running is in the United States now. Deena Kastor. Molly Huddle. Shalane Flanagan. These women are global superstars. Now consider that it was only one generation ago that Katherine Switzer was physically attacked in the Boston Marathon. It was only one generation ago that Joan Benoit used to pretend she was admiring flowers when she was really out for a run.
I’m not asking for much – but I think we could all sacrifice 60 seconds of Donald Trump, Subway Jared and Kim Kardashian for a story that is actually historic and inspiring.
Rant over. As you were.