18  April  Posted by admin

Young, Danish politician running Palestine Marathon

Q&A with member of Danish Parliament, Rosa Lund


27-year old Rosa Lund, who’s a member of the Danish Parliament for The Red-Green Alliance, a democratic socialist party, will travel to Bethlehem to participate in Palestine Marathon with other representatives from her party. Rosa studies Political Science at Copenhagen University and has priorly been the leader of one of the biggest student organisations in Denmark.


We asked her a couple of questions about her reasons for running on Sunday in Bethlehem:


Are you running 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon on Sunday?

I’m running the 10k race. It’s not a marathon, but I feel that it is important to participate.


How often do you run?

I run around three times a week.


How long have you been a runner?

I’ve run on/off for five years.


What does running mean to you?

Running is important to me. When I run, I gather my thoughts, which is why it is important to me to make time for running even when I’m busy. It reduses stress and gives me energy for long days at work.


How do you make time for running then?

I like running in the morning, when the streets are quiet and I can go through the things I have to do during the day. So usually I make time for it in the morning by getting up a little earlier. Sometimes I also run in the afternoon to gather my thoughts.


Why have you decided to participate in Palestine Marathon?

I have decided to participate, because I think the race is a good way to put focus on Palistinians’ rights. The right to movement is something that Danes take as a given, but it is a right that Palestinians do not have. The Red-Green Alliance and I are working to change that.


What, about participating in Palestine Marathon, are you mostly excited about?

I have never been to Palestine, so I’m very excited about seeing Palestine and meet Palestinians. I also hope to start a dialogue with different organisations about how we can put focus on their rights in the future. And then I’m excited about running, of course!




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