5000 Mile Project in Photos, click the photos for high res images:
San Raphael, Argentina
Cabo Froward to the Caribbean Sea
San Raphael, Argentina
Working by the roadside
Daily bird survey
Nature classes, Chile
Last light, Argentina
El Chaiten, Argentina
5000 Mile Project in Film:
76 word 5000mileproject summary
On 27th July 2012, David and Katharine embarked on the biggest challenge of their lives; to fulfil a dream expedition to run the length of South America, unsupported, in a year. The project is an immense physical and mental challenge, the equivalent of over 200 marathons back-to-back. The couple are highlighting the amazing biodiversity they encounter along the way and raising awareness and funds for environmental conservation through their feat.
190 word 5000mileproject summary
On 27 July 2012, as the Olympic gun resonated through the streets of London, Katharine & David Lowrie began their own Olympics. An epic journey to run the length of South America; over 5000 miles, the equivalent of over 200 marathons in a year, through some of the most awe inspiring and biologically rich ecosystems on earth. The Adventure Running couple are running unsupported, pulling equipment for camping, communications, science, food and water in a trailer they made from recycled materials. They intend to achieve a world first; first woman and first to run the continent unsupported. They update 5000mileproject.org, facebook, twitter & youtube from the trail, as well as writing adventure-environmental articles for online newspapers & magazines. Schools and global communities are journeying vicariously with them; following the adventure, hazards and highlights, the challenges and choices; meeting the wildlife and people that shape the landscape they’re running through. “Humans evolved to run in wild places, yet we are becoming more and more removed from both the natural world and physical activity; leading to obesity, psychosis and environmental degradation. We hope that through sweat, tears and determination, we’ll open a portal into the last wilds of South America and rekindle people’s passion for running and our amazing natural world”, Katharine and David
Words of support for 5000mileproject from HRS Prince of Wales, Dean Karnazes, Kris Tompkins & Ed Smith:
HRH Prince of Wales
Dear Katharine and David, “I am hugely impressed that you are undertaking such a gruelling and challenging 5,000 mile run for such a vitally important cause and I pray you will not have too many blisters, mosquito bites and other travel scars by the time you return from such an extraordinary marathon (…) I send you both my kindness good wishes and admiration”. HRH Prince of Wales
Ed Smith, Chairman WWF-UK
“Dave and Katharine’s fantastic journey across the South American continent on foot and travelling over 6,500 miles is a stunning example of dedication to showing the importance of conserving our ecosystems on this fragile planet. I am delighted to support their journey and hope that many thousands will be inspired by their stories,” Ed Smith, Chairman, WWF-UK
Dean Karnazes, World Ultra Marathon Runner
“Best wishes on your incredible adventure. I am awe inspired and deeply impressed by what you are undertaking. I am sure there will be untold difficulties, but also unexpected delights. Please be safe and enjoy every step of the way! Charge on.” Dean Karnazes
, TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as
, ” One of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him, “As one of the fittest men on the planet”.
Kris Tompkins, CEO Conservación Patagonia
“What better way to represent the slow but steady and effective movement of the conservation and restoration movement than by running the entire length of South America by David and Katharine Lowrie. Not only do they pull their sled along with their things, but as they run north, they are also pulling a long thread of adults and school children alike whose understanding of the importance of living in balance with nature is awakened by the arrival of David and Katharine in their neighborhoods and communities. After all, how many cities, towns and villages have two people running into the plaza, staying a few days to meet community members then continue running north out of town? Their message is urgent and clear: Man’s relationship to nature, ecological health, is essential for a future thriving human society. When they reach Venezuela having begun at Cape Froward at the southern most point of the continent, they will have accomplished much, met thousands of people and left more of a mark on environmental education than simply appearing in the record books.” Kris Tompkins
, CEO of Conservacion Patagonica
Reactions to Katharine and David’s Challenge:
“This sounds a fantastically mad and exciting escapade” Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Caracas
“Well that’s quite an ambitious adventure, fraught with peril from health risks and crime risks. I hope you guys can make it!!!” Floyd Hayes, Seabird Scientist
“Oh my god, so have I understood correctly you’re gonna be running for a year? I’m in shock (….) I’m still in shock, I thought you couldn’t shock me anymore (….) but this, well I’m speechless”. Karen Johnson, Yoga Coach
“Glad you’re undertaking a challenge, as clearly your round the world voyages were a bit of a walk in the park (….) Have you been watching Forrest Gump perchance?” Nic Holland, friend
“You are mad but totally inspiring!!!” Kes De Glanville, friend
“You both continue to be an inspiration to humankind. Thank you is not a strong enough word. Run on!” Dan Antell, friend
Press Releases y “Comunicados de Prensas”:
17 June 2013, British Couple First in World to Run Length of Bolivia
November 2012, First Pair in the World to Have Run The Carratera Austral, Chile
Le 9 de noviembre, “Una pareja de corredores aventureros presumiblemente la primera en correr la Carretera Austral de Chile”
27 June 2012, One Month to Go: British couple launch epic bid to become first to run length of South America
Le 27 de junio 2012, “Comunicado de prensa” Press Release in Spanish
January 19 2012, British Couple to Run 5000 miles for the wilds, January 19 2012
Katharine & David’s Blogs & Articles:
Regular blogs for The Independent, UK National Online Newspaper.
El blog regular del periódico Británico, “El Independent”, y otros blogs del pareja en español.
SoyMaratonista; Blogs in English & Spanish for this running website magazine.
The Ecologist magazine; Occasional blogs for this environmental online magazine.
Forked Magazine; “The Real Cost of Argentina’s soya boom“.
Patagon Journal; ”Running with Wildlife through Patagonia´s Frozen Lands.
In the News:
7 October 2013, “Running SurAmerica”, Inov-8 Venezuela, Yoselin Martinez
7 October 2013, “How far are you prepared to go to save wildlife?”, Bethan John, Wildlands Creative
16 September 2013, “Closing in on South America running world firsts”, Lee Procter, Inov-8
4 September 2013, “ Married Couple Running 5000 Miles Across South America”, Kraig Becker, Wenger´s Writers
21 August 2013,” The 5000 Mile Project” Trek News Explorers Web
10 July 2013, “Welcome to the Jungle” Inov-8 Home of the Committed
10 July 2013, “Correndo pela América do Sul”, Go Outside.com.br
6 June 2013, “Taking Challenge to the Extreme”, Update from Bolivia where a British couple are charging towards a 5000 mile record run. Inov-8
20 May, 2013, ” Paul Coleman identifies some gorgeous birds of Patagonia with a little help from a couple running the length of South America. I love Chile
9 May, 2013, “A Race to Save a Continent”, Patrick Holian, Earth Island Journal
19 April 2013. “Biólogos recorren Sudamérica a trote”, “El Deber”, Periódico Nacional, Bolivia.
18 April 2013. “5000 Mile Project Adventure Runners Reach Halfway Mark Running South America”, Elaine Radford. The Inquistr.
18 April 2013. British Couple at Halfway Mark in Record Attempt to Run South America for Wildlife. Birdlife International, Community News
March 2013. MP Early Day Motion for 5000mileproject. Houses of Parliament, UK.
enero, 2013, “Pareja de británicos corren cinco mil milla por el medio ambiente Mediamza.com diario digital
12 November 2012, “British Couple the First To Run the Carratera Austral, Paul Coleman, I ilovechile. cl.
noviembre 2012, ”5000 mile project – 8000km corriendo descalzos por América del Sur, Cualquiera Puede Hacerlo“
27 October, 2012, “Wildly Running Through South America, Tony Henderson, Pressenza.com
26 October 2012, “Running Through South America to Benefit Wildlife and Wildlaces”, Paul Coleman, ilovechile.cl.
26 October 2012, “5000 Mile Project Runners Reach 1k Milestone” Press Release Rocket.
9 October 2012, “Couple on Epic Run to raise awareness of Environment” Northumberland Gazette.
1 September 2012, “Running for the Wilderness: 5000 miles through South America”, LittleMissItchyFeet.com
25 August 2012, “Northumberland Couple’s Amazing South American Journey”, The Journal, Northumberland
27 July 2012, University of Sheffield Note.
27 July 2012, “Couple’s Long Running Relationship”, The Star, Sheffield
27 July 2012, Zeilen, “Column Duende: Overwinteraars”, Vivian Oskam. In Dutch.
25 July 2012, Berghaus Support 5000mileproject
21 July, Postcode Gazette, University Couple Prepare to Run Whole Continent for Charity
13 July 2012, “5000mileproject Gets Underway”, The Daily Herald, St. Martins, Eastern Caribbean
12 July 2012, “Eco-Pair’s Epic Run Aims to Set New World Record”, The Star, Sheffield
6 July 2012, “Duo to Run 200 Marathons Through South America”, Western Morning News
4 July 2012, “University Couple Set To Run Length of South America for Charity”, Sheffield University News
July 2012, Cruisers Epic Run, Caribbean Compass, Ellen Birrell p. 38
June 2012, “5000mileproject Raises Funds for CP”, Conservacion Patagonica
21 January 2012, “The 5000mileproject Running to Inspire Environmental Action in Everyone”, Talking Naturally
Spring 2012, The Broadsheet
2012, Sculpt the Future Foundation Support the 5000mileproject
2012, Trangslobe Expedition Trust Support the 5000mileproject
2012, Bill Wallace Grant Support the 5000mileproject
2012, 5000mileproject Raises Funds for Conservacion Patagonica
Published Work Prior to 5000mileproject:
Lowrie, Lowrie and Collier, 2012, “Seabird Breeding Atlas of the Lesser Antilles” CreateSpace
Winter 2012, “Sailing to the Falklands”, Falklands Conservation, by Katharine Lowrie
17 May 2012, “When Green Meets Blue”, by Katharine Lowrie
9 September 2011, “Fear and Reward”, by Katharine Lowrie
25 November 2009, “Katharine Lowrie Sets Sail to Protect Wildlife”