Fifty-two-year-old David Grier,an athlete from South Africa,made a record by running for 93 days from the Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar to Kanyakumari,as part of the Miles for Smiles India Challenge last week. An asthmatic since childhood,Grier took up the challenge to create awareness about asthma in the country.
Beginning the run in the extreme cold weather of Srinagar in November last year,he ran through the deserts and jungles of Western India,and reached the southern shore covering a distance of 4,000 km.
Miles for Smiles India Challenge is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing free surgeries to those born with cleft and other facial deformities. Commenting on the India Challenge,David said,I took up the India Challenge to support a cause like cleft surgery. I believe if I am able to accomplish extreme challenges,then other asthmatics can do so as well. Asthma is not a barrier for those who want to pursue a career in sports. All one needs to know is,you can keep your asthma under control by adhering to the prescribed dose of regular inhalers for years.
David,an ambassador for the foundation accepts these challenges make a difference in our lives. His earlier attempts were,the 4,200 km Great Wall of China run in 2006 and the 3,300 km Southern African Coastline run in 2008.