Katie is an Australian volunteer in Laos who successfully organised the first marathon in her far north province in Laos. By the sounds of it she did a fantastic job, getting many people in the town involved and getting support from her Australian contacts at home. She told us that one woman that was running in a shortened version on the marathon told her she was doing a long walk every day as training. Her husband was getting angry at her for not being at home, but she didn’t care. A running magazine will be writing an article about the event.

The winner of the marathon was a man who had no friends. He had no friends because he speaks an ethnic Lao language that no one else in the town speaks. For training he ran a round trip, about 40km from memory, to set an animal trap every single day. When he won the marathon he was awarded with a football tracksuit. He was extremely happy about his prize.