AUAF Participates In an International Running Race
Two students from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Arzoo Nooristani and Kubra Jafari, were selected to compete in an international running race " Racing the Planet" in Sri Lanka. The program was organized by Free to Run, a non-profit organization that aims to empower women and girls in conflict-affected regions through sport.
Their team "Sahra" won the marathon running 250 kilometers in five stages through roads, jungles, beaches, and mountains in a one week time span, starting from February 14 till February 20.
Team Sahra started their preparation for the race four months ago. They would run on the street of Draul-aman road everyday for two hours. Ms. Nooristani said that she pushed herself to learn how to get over struggles, and live in peace.
"It is something very new for Afghan people that girls run on the streets, but I run in order to make it common. I want to bring changes in this country," said Ms. Nooristani. " Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living."
Team Sahra, was the first mixed gender sports team from Afghanistan which successfully won the competition from 73 competitors. "With men and women working together, anything is possible," said Ms. Nooristani.
" A mixed gender team is a great idea because we can solve any problem by helping each other," Mehdi. "We should learn and teach to all Afghans that there is no difference in rights between men and women."
The race concluded with an award ceremony by giving medals to all the participants who completed the race, and a special award to Team Sahra for their great team work.