Running for Turkmen Students!

This September the Arzuw Foundation is taking fundraising to a much more intense level with an Iron Man Competition in Austria and then a half-marathon  in Nashville, TN. Development Director Sari Long will be competing in the Iron Man Competition on September 1st in Zell-am-See, Austria, and Executive Director Sarah Lange will be running the Nashville half-marathon on September 28.

The goal of these events is to raise the rest of the funds necessary to pay the tuition bill due this August for Arzuw scholars Ruslan, Dovran and Natasha. Between the two of them they hope to raise $3000.

Long says she has a very specific training program to prepare for the event, including an 18-week plan that involves one day per week of just running (an hour and a half each time), one day a week of just biking (up to 50 miles) and three days per week of combined swimming biking and running.

Lange has a similar training plan with a goal of running the race in 2 hours and 15 minutes, and is running and average of 15 miles per week.

Lange says they are advertising about the fundraiser through Crowdrise so that donors and supporters can be updated directly through the site.

“One hundred percent of donations will go to pay for these students’ scholarships,” Lange says. “People can visit the website directly and even sign up to run their own race to help out our cause.”

Both competitors agree that the main challenge is training in the hot weather, and are looking for other people to join in.

“I am working on convince my neighbor to run with me,” Lange says. “I might have to buy her a nice bottle of wine to talk her into it, but I think she’ll be up for it.”

 “I have a few friends in the DC area who train for a variety of races, so maybe I can convince them to go on some long rides with me,” Long says.

Long says this isn’t her first IronMan competition and has done triathalons in the past, and Lange says she and her husband have done half marathons together as a team.

“We spend a lot of time apart so we will pick a race to train for, even if we’re on opposite sides of the globe, and then look forward to race day together.”

For more information about the event, please visit or to get involved.