Here’s a link to my CBS Radio interview about the NYC Marathon and the Surat Fauj Running Club. Here is a link to the original interview with full audio.
NYC Marathon: Sikh Group Fights Racism With Running
“Typically, sort of Islamophobic comments,” the Columbia University doctoral student told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “You know, people will call me Osama or call me a terrorist.”
As a result, Singh helped form Surat Fauj, a running club for Sikhs, in part, “to help normalize and humanize people who look like us,” he said.
“Rather than seeing us as an other or an outsider, people start seeing us as part of the fabric of this nation,” said Singh, who is among 35 Sikhs running in Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon.
John Hanc wrote a profile on Singh’s group in the November edition of Runner’s World magazine.
“They’re very proud of being Sikhs, and they’re very proud to be part of the running movement,” Hanc said. “I said earlier how much they’ve embraced it. And they proclaim it, too.”