CANCELLED****Indian Endurance Athlete ANU VAIDYANATHAN presents ANYWHERE BUT HOME: ADVENTURES IN ENDURANCE in Conversation with Will Harlan

****We had to cancel this event due to the complications of international travel.*******


Anu Vaidyanathan is the first Asian woman to complete the Ultraman Canada: a punishing 10-km swim, a 420-km bike ride, and an 84.4-km run. She placed sixth. Which is breathtaking. But what is your typical good Indian girl and super-nerd doing at the Ultraman?

Anywhere but Home is the funny, heartbreaking, unexpected story of a woman who would not give up. As she followed her passion on the roads of Bangalore and across several Indian cities, coaches advised her to get married. She was stuck in sports facilities that lacked basic support systems, even toilets. If she wanted to compete, it would need to be on her own salary. All she could rely on were her own two feet and the seat of her bike.

With self-deprecatory humor and characteristic curiosity, Vaidyanathan tells the story of how she found triathlon, how she came to be training in one of the most challenging sports in the world. She writes of her many firsts in the Ultraman, Ironman, Half-Ironman, but also of motherhood and pushing the boundaries of what a body can do. Heart-warming and heartbreaking, this is most of all a tale of love: for a sport and for life.

"Anu has been widely heralded by women worldwide for her work-life balance, marrying her love of sport with her rising career." --Triathlete Magazine Europe

"Despite the broad motivational-poster nature of the narrative (sample quote: "If it were easy, it wouldn't be worth doing"), Anywhere but Home is also an intimate portrait of a single woman in India -- "a quintessential Tamilian Brahmin -- five times a year at least, during Pongal, Nombu, Ganapathi Chaturthi, Krishna Jayanti and Deepavali" -- brushing off the "when are you going to settle down?" question, training on bad roads, without much money " -- Baradwaj Rangan, The Hindu Literary Review

" (Anu Vaidyanathan's) memoir is inspiring, refreshing and full of surprises." -- Hindustan Times

"Of course, success rarely comes without a struggle, doubly so if you are a woman." -- Times of India

"If you are a successful woman entrepreneur, with an outstanding academic record as well, would you take up an extreme sport and make it as a passion of your life? The slightly built, soft spoken Anu hardly fits the image of a sportswoman, who is into an extreme sport." -- MetroPlus

About Will:

Will Harlan is editor in chief of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and an award-winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports IllustratedThe Wall Street Journal, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Will is also one of the country’s top trail runners. He is the five-time champion of the Mount Mitchell 40-Mile Challenge, a race to the top of the highest peak in the East. He holds the record for the fastest unsupported run of the Appalachian Trail through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Will was the 2009 champion of the Caballo Blanco Copper Canyon 50-Mile Ultramarathon, made famous by the bestselling book Born to Run.

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Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm
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