Kiran Gandhi, 26, a graduate of the Harvard Business School, decided to run the London Marathon without using a tampon. She let her blood run freely to raise awareness about women who do not have access to feminine hygiene products and to encourage everyone to feel proud about their periods.
I ran the entire marathon with the blood of my period slipping down my legs, Gandhi wrote about the event last April on his website. There he explains that his period came the night before the race and he thought a tampon would be uncomfortable while running. However, it is not the only reason why he let his blood flow.
I ran with blood dripping down my legs in favor of many sisters who do not have access to tampons or sanitary napkins, and for our sisters who, despite cramps and pains, hide their period and pretend that it does not exist.
I ran to say: yes it exists, and we overcome it every day.
Dressed in pink to also raise awareness about breast cancer, Kiran finished the race in four hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. She stated that she ran despite cramps and the anxiety of the event (for which she prepared for a year), and that she felt empowered to have done so.
Yeah! F__ you!, He said. I felt powerful for what I did.
After the race, he took pictures with his family and friends, still wearing his blood-stained racing jerseys. Gandhi believes that there should be no feeling of shame that surrounds the menstrual cycle of women, and that as he wrote in his place sexism can be defeated.