Sunday, October 22, 2006

50

So what is 50 about ?

(In no intended priorities :) ..)

When I toss a coin, there is a 50% chance that its heads or tails ..
50 states in the US of A! ..
In the game of cricket, its an important milestone - a half century for a batsman ..
If I keep up with my 'healthy' habits I would reach 50% body fat ..
The speed limit at most of the feeder roads in austin ..
'Its my birthday!!' - fifty cent - what else! ..
2 quarters ..

Amazingly wikipedia has more interesting information ..

50 in wiki

Here is a different take :

For every kid born in this world, there is a 50% chance that its a boy or a girl ..
( Its a different question if you consider what %of boys/girls actually continue to live )

India's children form less than 50% of the world's population below the age of 18 years
(But, the actual % is not too far away - its atleast 40% and of course, is the largest for any country in the world)

Less than 50% of the children in the age group 6-14 actually go to school in India.

In the <50% who can make it to school, less than 1/3rd of the children who make it to 1st grade reach 8th grade.

More that 50% of India's children are malnourished.

Amongst married women in India today, more than 50% (actually 75%) were under age at the time of their marriages.

Interested in more ?

Given all this, '50' is a well known number. How does it matter to me ?

I am training to run a 50 mile ultra marathon to raise funds for efforts in India that would help mitigate the problems stated in numbers above.

I am part of a team that has 50+ runners who are all running distances that they never have run before for the same cause.

For every mile I will run in the 50 miler, my target is to raise at least $100. I am more of an optimist and believe that I am off by a 100% on this estimate :) .. My sincere hope is to raise at least $200 for every mile I will run on that day.

1 comment:

Anurag Hitchcock said...

Nice post!! better than the other autobiographical blogs i have laid my eyes upon recently!!!

-Anurag