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Woman Runs Marathon Tampon-Free, Bleeds Freely To Raise Awareness

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When Kiran Gandhi realised she was going to be on her period on the day of her first ever marathon, she decided to do something unexpected – she ran the entire marathon free-bleeding.

The 26-year-old, who recently wrapped up a concert tour as a drummer for M.I.A. and got her MBA from Harvard Business School, almost backed out of the marathon, but then decided to run — free-bleeding the whole way through and finishing in 4:49:11. She trained for a year to complete the London Marathon in April.

She said she made her decision to “run free” and not wear a tampon because she wanted to wanted to highlight how women are often shamed for having their period.


In a blog about her experience, she said: ‘I decided to just to take some midol, hope I wouldn’t cramp, bleed freely and just run.”

“If there’s one person society can’t eff with, it’s a marathon runner. You can’t tell a marathon runner to clean themselves up,” wrote Kiran, though it’s her first marathon.

Kiran decided to use the experience to raise awareness of women “who don’t have access to tampons and despite cramping and pain, hide it away like it doesn’t exist.”

Kiran Gandhi seen here in a somewhat celebratory running pose after succeeded in completing the marathon. Note the jovial Malaysian carrying the national flag at the top right; you go, Faizah! Image credit: Cosmopolitan.

Following the race, Gandhi proudly posed for photos with her friends and family in her stained running outfit.

“If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run in a marathon in whatever way you want,” she wrote of the experience. We couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.





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