Japanese woman celebrates 50th by trekking 250 km

11/01/2011
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Mika Kume competing in the 2009 Sahara Desert Race

TOKYO (majirox news) — As a treat to herself, Japan’s Mika Kume, who just turned 50-years old, will celebrate her birthday by signing up for Racing the Planet: Nepal 2011. She will be taking part in the 250 km (155 miles) race in the Himalayas for a week, starting Nov. 20.

Kume will encounter zero-degree temperatures and possible altitude sickness as she treks through the Annapurna foothills, which climb up to 3,200 meters (10,500 feet).

The attractive and petite accountant from Japan is no newcomer to running; she’s been in triathlons and marathons and has competed in the 2009 Sahara Desert Race (also 250 km), where she was the second woman to cross the finishing line.

However, she won’t be trekking the whole distance for this event, since she has a calf injury. Instead, she has decided to go 40 km (26 miles) each day.

Kume, who is currently based in Singapore as an accountant for Ernst & Young, has another reason to run.

“I am healthy and fit enough to do the race at 50 and decided to raise money for those who have still been suffering from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami,” Kume said on her Web site. “Seven months has passed, and the situation never seems to get better. They lost families, houses, jobs and everything. If we could do a small thing for them, it will be wonderful.”

So far, her Web site has raised $2,265.

“You are a true inspiration with a huge heart,” wrote a donor on her site. “Go forth to the mountain in your true ‘pocket rocket’ style!!!”

Yuen Leon summarized the feelings of many by writing, “You’re a great inspiration to all of us. Have a great 250 km run. Happy 50th!”

For more details link to http://www.justgiving.com/mikakume

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