Fiona Herring-Virtual Ultra Marathon 2019


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The ForRangers Ol Pejeta Virtual Ultra Marathon 2019 - helping rangers from home. #VirtualUltraKenya


2019 is my year for challanges and this is the ultimate challange for me. I am not a runner so i will most likely be walking and cycling this one! 

In 2018, ForRangers and Ol Pejeta Conservancy pioneered the first virtual ultra in Kenya. Enlisting participants from all over the world, the marathon was 1,245 kms long and traced a virtual route between Kenya’s rhino parks and conservancies. 31 people took part, and enjoyed receiving information about the wildlife areas as they went from one checkpoint to the next, while maintaining a demanding exercise regime.

For those of you who are not familiar with a virtual ultra, here''''s how it works:

The event was created for people who want to take part in a significant physical challenge for conservation, but don''''t have the time, funds, health or even fitness to travel to some far-flung corner of the world and participate in an actual ultra marathon. This is much more of a slow-burner, a daily commitment that you can take privately, at your own pace and in your own style. All you need to do is cover a certain distance (see below) within a certain number of days - 365, to be precise. Using a fitness app, you log distances covered in each session - and this can be running, walking, swimming, rowing, playing tennis, riding horses - anything you please! - and enter them into our customised web-app.

By competing in the 2019 Virtual Ultra Marathon, you will help make sure our rangers have everything they need to continue their critical work in conservation. To sign up for our 2019 Virtual Ultra Marathon, just click here to pay your registration fee. The registration fee is wholly used as donation for our rangers.

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