New York will be three out of six for Raisa’s world marathon goal
Age: Favourite song? Favourite colour?
Four (holds up four fingers) Everybody
Umm... Pink and purple. And all the colours.
It’s Elsa. You press (presses hand down on table) and you go to a different land.
Who is your best friend? Michael
What makes you laugh? I don’t know
What makes you sad? Miss all of my friends that are out of Dubbo. I wanted to see Nan and Pop at their new house but I didn’t.
What are you afraid of? Of lions and tigers. The other day I thought I saw a zebra.
If you could change your name what would it be? Jephcott What are you really good at? Kicking balls and
drawing and doing dance moves
Do you have any jokes to tell me?
No (smiles and shakes head). And I do like Alannah. I’ve got a sister named Gracey. Gracey Jephcott. It’s a long name but it’s a good one.
What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?
Noodles, pasta, wraps and bacon beans on toast. What is your favourite fruit? A ‘nana and apple. That starts with ‘a’ too. And a pear and a ‘nana.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a fire girl and take care of puppies and kittens and lots of things. Animals get hurt.
How old is grown up? When I turn five. I’m going to turn five next year at September. THE Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. It’s a massive achievement to complete the Abbott sextet and become a ‘Six Star Finisher’, and local lady Raisa Kolesnikova is training hard to earn that honour.
Ms Kolesnikova has already completed the Tokyo and Boston Marathons in fine form and now has her eyes on the New York City Marathon.
Out of the 56,000 runners from around the globe at the Boston Marathon, she was the only person to hail from Dubbo, and her great time at Boston earned her a time-qualified guarantee entry into the New York City race.
She departed Dubbo yesterday (Wednesday, October 31) and will arrive in New York today (Thursday, November 1) ahead of her race day this Sunday, November 4.
It is currently winter in New York, and Ms Kolesnikova can only hope that the weather will not be too rough for the 42.2km run, after being used to the dry heat of Dubbo.
“The series has attracted a lot of crazy runners like myself,” she laughed.
“There is a lot of training involved, but it is really rewarding. I’m a very competitive person. When I run, I give it my best shot and I am always hoping for a personal best time,” she told
Beyond New York, Ms Kolesnikova’s goal is to complete the Chicago and Berlin Marathons next year and finish with the London Marathon after that.
“I want to inspire other people that just because you are old, it doesn’t mean you can’t run. If you want good health, movement is the best therapy.
“I loved sport, but I never thought that I could run long distances. I ran my first marathon at the Dubbo Stampede. The New York Marathon will be the twelfth marathon that I have run,” she said.
“My dream is to run a marathon when I am 80.”
Raisa Kolesnikova’s training ground has been along the Macquarie River ahead of competing in this weekend’s New York Marathon.