Get your running shoes because Milind Soman is designing a marathon saree!

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Ironman Milind Soman is in talks with a Delhi-based designer for what he is calling 'a running or marathon saree.' Honestly, we can't wait! Here's why

Good news, ladies!

If you thought wearing a saree and participating in a marathon were for two different kinds of people, think again. Because, actor, model and now Ironman, Milind Soman is here to change your mind.

He is collaborating with a Delhi-based designer to come up with what he calls a ‘running or marathon saree.’

Speaking to a daily about this idea, Soman said, “The designer is from Delhi and I really like the style. The look has to incorporate the famous weaving styles that we already have–like Banarasi or the Ikat. It should be recognisable. Women should be able to say ‘I want a running Banarasi or Chanderi‘!”

The Big Idea

This innovative is basically to encourage women including mums to exercise or run marathons in what they are most comfortable in. And for an Indian women, that piece of cloth is the saree.

Soman elaborates, “Most Indian women are not comfortable running in conventional shorts. So, we want them to give a special sari, which is lighter and has less volume of cloth, so that they can feel comfortable running while wearing it. Indian women have sarees to go to the market, weddings, kitty parties and even sit at home, but they don’t have a sari to run in or exercise in.”

Soman is in talks with a designer (whose name hasn’t been revealed yet), who will collaboratively design this saree.

On winning the triathlon

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Clearly, the 50-year-old Soman (yes!) has added another first to his resume, soon after becoming making the country proud by winning the world’s toughest triathlon competition in the world- Ironman.

Soon after winning the competition he revealed, “If you are sufficiently aware and monitor your body’s response at every stage in terms of nutrition and pace, it will all come together. I wanted to gift myself something special in my 50th year and I am glad I could do this.”

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Deepshikha Punj