DID YOU KNOW? Over 130,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease in children, and is more common than cancer and cystic fibrosis.
DID YOU KNOW? People with Type 1 diabetes face many serious long term health complications.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong incurable disease, and without daily insulin injections people with Type 1 diabetes would die.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of Type 1 diabetes is estimated to be $600m per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 275 people a day are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly 1 million Australians have Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of diabetes is nearly $7billion per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 60% of people with Type 2 diabetes can overcome it with fitness and healthy lifestyle.


 Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Ooooh, controversy! The presentation, 'Ice Maidens: Women in Antarctica', just started with James Brown 'Man's World' blaring over the ship's speakers. We've just had lunch after an amazing presentation by Henryk on Shackleton's heroic but ultimately misdirected adventure that began aboard the appropriately named Endurance.

Why are we inside for presentations instead of outside running? Right now the ship's deck is covered in snow, even though the wind has now dropped to a gentle 30 knots or so. The weather isn't so much a threat to runners, as we have a vast array of weather-safe running gear. But at a certain stage, generally around 45 knot winds, the Zodiacs can't operate safely and that means, problematically, no return trip.

The past 24 hours has been remarkable. Yesterday afternoon we had a short run on a short loop, but within a 1.2km circuit our comedic course planners managed to find about 140 metres of elevation gain, bordered on 2 sides by risky overhangs, facing the result of two massive snow shears and overlooking a vast, black mirror of near-frozen ocean harbour bound by 5-storey thick walls of prehistoric snow. The team made a reasonable number of short loops in two hours, but capturing footage for the video record of the Grand Slam was the priority.
We ended the day by returning to the shoreline and sleeping there last night, in bivy bags (waterproof, technical versions of the classic Australian swag) on the shore of the Antarctic mainland, metres from chortling penguin colonies under softly falling snowflakes. Unforgettable, and quite possibly our last underfoot experience if this weather holds.

The captain and expedition leader are pursuing alternative locations with hope for activities on shore somewhere to go ahead, but the runners all seem in a chirpy almost-celebratory damn-near post-finish-line mood. On the one hand, it would be great to have more off-boat experiences in this place of persistent beauty, and of course Jess wants a 13-hour run : )

On the other hand, Born to Run's Ron Schwebel is down with what may be a bacterial infection or some nasty virus. He might be Born to Run but right now he Needs to Rest. How the next 15 hours will unfold is, as seems a matter of course down here, uncertain and largely beyond anyone's control. Will this effect his Coast2Kosci start next Friday? No idea, but right now 'contagious' is a very dirty word.

Once again, we experienced penguins up close yesterday. While they wandered around us and through our groups, or scudded underwater like ultrasonic torpedoes, 'testosterone problems' - namely, an excess - saw a number of runners and race directors almost-nude up and take a 'polar plunge'. With water at roughly zero degrees, they're still looking pretty refreshed today.

Hopefully pictures will tell a better story when we have the bandwidth to post them, atwww.facebook.com/hokaoneoneaustralia or www.facebook.com/teamborntorun or on my own fb or my blog at www.runeatsleeprun.com. The singular primitive and elemental purity of this forgotten world has touched everyone here, resulting in either bliss or suffrage. There's no effective means other than a Vulcan mind-meld to convey the bond we now share with many of the people here with whom we have run and adventured this year.

And no representations can really express the heart-bursting wonder that surrounds us. Only a visit to Antarctica can likely explain a visit to Antarctica.

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