NRI Woman runs Manchester Marathon in Saree

An Indian woman living in the UK showcased her heritage by completing the Manchester Marathon while dressed in a saree.

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"You made us proud by projecting the Indian saree"

An Indian woman made headlines after completing the Manchester Marathon on April 16, 2023, in a saree.

Madhusmita Jena-Das, who is originally from Odisha and now lives in Manchester, ran the UK’s second-largest marathon in an impressive four hours and 50 minutes.

For the run, the 41-year-old teacher wore a beautiful red Sambalpuri handloom saree.

Along with the red saree, Madhusmita wore orange trainers.

She proudly stood out among her fellow runners, who were in more traditional gear.

A video on Twitter showed a smiling Madhusmita running while people cheered for her. She even gave a high-five to one spectator.

The tweet read: “Madhusmita Jena, an Indian living in Manchester, UK, comfortably runs the Manchester marathon 2023 in a lovely Sambalpuri Saree.

“While proudly showcasing her Indian heritage, she also presents an inviting perspective on the quintessential #Indian attire.”

Madhusmita’s run led to admiration on social media.

One said: “Great… congratulations Ma’am.

“You made us proud by projecting the Indian saree, our weavers would always be thankful to you.”

Another said: “Spotted her on the course, made me smile.”

A spectator commented: “Spotted her on the course, made me smile.”

One proud netizen said: “Madhusmita Jena is the pride of our India. And it also introduced the Indian sari to the marathon in 2023.”

A comment read: “Super act to promote and belief in your culture and roots. Kudos. Keep running.”

NRI Woman runs Manchester Marathon in Saree

Speaking about her marathon experience, Madhusmita said:

“I was the only person to run the marathon wearing a saree.

“Running for such an extended period of time is in itself an uphill task but doing so in a saree is even more difficult.”

“But I am happy I was able to complete the entire distance in 4.50 hours.”

She went on to say that she was inspired by her grandmother and mother to run the Manchester Marathon in a saree because they always used to wear the traditional outfit around her.

Madhusmita added: “Many believe women cannot run wearing sarees but I proved them wrong by doing the task draped a Sambalpuri handloom.

“I anyway wear sarees during summers in the UK.”

The Manchester Marathon proved to be an eventful one as a couple got engaged at the finish line.

Niall West went down on one knee as he and Beth Miller approached the end of the Manchester Marathon.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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