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Tibetan Woman running the New York Marathon

Apr 29, 2004

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Tibetan Woman running the New York Marathon

Kelsang Dolma Dodin , a Tibet Foundation supporter, will be running the New York Marathon on 7 November 2004 to raise funds for Tibet Foundation and the Tibet Relief Fund. Kelsang training in Regents Park Kelsang's latest challenge will become yet another inspiring event having recently completed the London Marathon and raised over £2400 for Tibet Foundation projects. She hopes to raise more funds from the New York Marathon for projects benefiting Tibetans living both in exile and inside Tibet. Please help Kelsang to raise money for Tibet Foundation projects. To get a sponsorship form, please call Tibet Foundation on 0044 (0) 20 7930 6001 Tibetan Woman Completes London Marathon LONDON , 29 April 2004: Running in the London Marathon is one of life's challenges. A runner needs to train hard for months in order to complete the 26.2 mile run. Tibetan born Kelsang Dolma Dodin, who was brought up in the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh, is not new to running such a long distance. Previously, Kelsang ran the Bonn Marathon in Germany in just 5 hours and 20 minutes. On Sunday 18 April 2004, Kelsang ran the London Marathon, the first ever Tibetan to take part in this great international sporting event. The marathon is open to any nationality irrespective of belief, race or cultural background. This year, some 33,000 runners from 54 different countries including Mongolia and Tibet took part. The Daily Telegraph, a UK national newspaper recorded 100 facts on the recent London Marathon. The 75th fact read, "Kelsang Dolma Dodin became the first Tibetan woman to compete". Modest but confident Kelsang was determined to finish the run in less than five hours. Despite the heavy downpour and slippery roads of London, she completed the 26.2 miles in just 4 hours, 54 minutes and 23 seconds. Kelsang was thrilled after breaking her own previous record and said, "I was doing fine until around the 13th mile but after that it was getting harder. However, I still enjoyed the experience as the carnival atmosphere gave me extra strength to run! The supporters and the crowd were fantastic". Many spectators noticed Kelsang's eye-catching running shirt, with the colourful Tibetan National Flag on her chest and Lungta (Tibetan Prayer Flag) on her back. As she ran, Kelsang heard "Go Tibet", "Save Tibet" and "Free Tibet". She said, "The support was very encouraging and I ran 'the extra mile' for Tibet!" It was a proud moment for Tibetans living in the United Kingdom especially the local chapter of the Tibetan Women's Association. Riga of the Association said, "We were very pleased that a Tibetan was able to run the London Marathon for the first time. Kelsang's effort is a typical example of Tibetan women's determination. Many congratulations to Kelsang". The runner raised over £2400 for the Tibet Foundation. Karma Hardy, director of the Foundation congratulated Kelsang on her achievement in the London Marathon. He thanked Kelsang for her fundraising efforts and assured her that the Foundation has earmarked the money for projects benefiting Tibetans in Tibet and in Ladakh. Kelsang is now hoping to run marathons in different parts of world. She plans to raise awareness of the Tibetan situation whilst fundraising for projects benefiting the Tibetans living in remote areas of India, Nepal and Tibet. Having already run two great marathons in Europe, Kelsang is heading to North America, where she will compete in the New York Marathon in the autumn. If you are interested in running a marathon for the Tibet Foundation or support Kelsang's run in New York, please contact Marie Rabouhans on 0207 930 6001 or email: events@tibet-foundation.org