To run the length of South America,>5000 miles, through the largest rain forest on earth, the longest mountain range, to the Southern Ocean…..
DAVID & KATHARINE STARTED RUNNING:
9 months, 28 days, 16 hours, 50 minutes ago
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On 28th July 2012, as the Olympic gun resonated through the streets of London, David & Katharine began their own Olympics. An epic journey to run the length of South America, the equivalent of over 200 marathons in a year, through some of the most awe inspiring and biologically rich ecosystems on earth.
From Cabo Froward, the most southerly tip of the continent and the roaring Southern Ocean, into the icy depths of Patagonian winter; plunging into the clouds of Chile’s ancient tropical rainforest; ascending the mighty snow-capped Andes, before pounding into a never-ending horizon of windswept Argentine pampas; crossing the fabled Amazon Rainforest, over the Guyana Shield and into the desert-scrub of Venezuela, to finally collapse into the azure Caribbean Sea!
The challenge for David & Katharine is to complete the route in a year, whilst pulling all their expedition gear and using a new minimalist running technique.
If that’s not enough, they have an ambitious project to inspire and connect the people and places they meet to their online community. They will use the latest technology to achieve a greater and more tangible understanding of the ecosystem services provided by South America’s vast wild areas. They want to show how we are all affected by them and how we, in turn, are affecting them.
“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.”
Whether you’re an armchair enthusiast, club runner, corner shop trader in Manaus or multinational manager in Manchester; you can get involved in Katharine & David’s epic journey.
At 5000 mile project you can find David & Katharine’s blogs, videos, the stats, science, mega transect and online classroom. Here people who run into the project from all walks of life can connect. You can follow the adventure, hazards and highlights, the challenges and choices; as you’re kept up-to-date with the people and wildlife they meet along the way.
“Have you got a question related to the journey and South America’s wild places? Well, we will seek the answers… Or if you really want to get active, you can run with us for part of the way, by committing to raise money for our wildlife charities“.
The 24 hr challenge – to run as far as possible in 24 hours, non-stop, with expedition gear. Ow.
Parallel marathon days in tandem with London, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires etc. They’ll share the 26.2 miles of endorphins and pain!
Subscribers will be encouraged to make suggestions too, but keep it clean, no running naked or anything too silly!
And through their feat they want to raise thousands for nature conservation along the way. To learn more please browse this website and see how you can get involved in the 5000 Mile Project!