5 runners, 5 deserts, 5 continents
Each desert : 7 days, 250km, self-supported
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The 5 member “Team Born to Run” is taking on the 5 Deserts challenge over 2012 and 2013.
This ambitious challenge involves running 250km over 7 days , fully self supported across 5 of the harshest deserts in the world, including Atacama, the driest desert, Gobi the windiest desert, Sahara, the hottest desert and Antarctica, the coldest desert, before finally finishing in 2013 in Australia’s own Simpson Desert.
There are many purposes behind this unique and arduous challenge, including:-
The Born to Run team will start by running the 4 deserts series in a single year, to complete the “4 Desert Grand Slam”, a feat achieved by only 10 people over the last 10 years. If the team can achieve this they will be the first team to do so, In addition Matthew Donovan will be the youngest person at 22, Greg and Matt Donovan will be the first Father and Son to do this, Roger Hanney 37 will be the first Type 1 diabetic, Roger and his fiancé Jess Baker 30 will be the first couple, and Ron Schwebel, aged 61 will be the oldest person to achieve this formidable feat. All whilst adding 5 new Australians to the 4 Deserts Grand slam list.
Not satisfied with finishing the 4 deserts Grand Slam, Team Born to Run will then go on to complete this amazing journey on Australian sand by running in a new event created as a Born to Run Foundation fundraiser, The Big Red Run, a 6 day 250km run in the Simpson Desert in July 2013, resulting in many further records being set. (not many people have completed 5 deserts either!)
In addition to above, Steve Donovan, Greg's youngest son who has Type 1 diabetes, will be training up over the next year complete The Big Red Run alongside the Born to Run team. Steve will be using ExT1D to assist in managing his diabetes during his training, and run itself.
The entire 5 Desert adventure is being recorded for an exciting and inspiring documentary series.
Full details on the 4 Desert series can be found at www.4deserts.com
An interesting magazine article on the 4 Desert series can also be found here.