Glenns Virtual Ultra Marathon 2019


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




In 2017, Tiffany and I visited Ol Pejeta Conservancy on our honeymoon. We were particularly moved by their conservation efforts for the Northen White Rhino. The story of Najin, Fatu and Sudan, the last remaining Northen White Rhinos in the world, struck us right in the heart. Technically extinct, Ol Pejeta has a cutting-edge program to keep their gene pool alive and hopefully one day re-introduce the species. The Ol Pejeta rangers are the ones keeping them healthy and the last line of defence against poachers.

In 2018, ForRangers and Ol Pejeta Conservancy pioneered the first virtual ultra in Kenya. Enlisting participants from all over the world, the marathon is 1,245 kms long and traces a virtual route between Kenya’s rhino parks and conservancies. 

I have decided to take the challenge in 2019, raising funds for the Ol Pejeta Rangers along the way. By contributing, you will help make sure the Ol Pejeta rangers have everything they need to continue their critical work in conservation. Rangers like James Mwendu, whose dedication and love for the rhinos is inspiring and who our more than deserving of our continued support. 

To further encourage you to donate, I am putting myself an additional challenge: I am putting myself the target to complete the challenge within the first six months of 2019 only through running/walking. Many of you will know that Tiffany & I are expecting our first child in a couple of weeks. While this adds to the challenge, it is also a motivator: we want him to see the rhinos and all the other beautiful animals in the conservancy with his own eyes in a couple of years. You can follow my progress along the route here

So I am putting the challenge to you: donate now. And if I complete the challenge within the first six months of 2019, double it. 

Thank you

Glenn, Tiffany, Luna & "Octi"

Update 1:

First 100km done!

Thank you again my dear friends for the generous donations and the encouragement!

By way of an update: so far, I''ve ran/walked 104km (3rd place) and you have donated USD 336.93 (1st place)! This is beyond my wildest expectations, so thank you so so much! 

If you want to follow me in real time, go to: https://olpejeta.secure.force.com/wilddogs2019/

I''m currently cruising north of Mt Kenya. :) 

Great views!


Update 2:

First month balance: 379km and 362USD! Thank you!

Hi dear friends!

Another quick update: I''m currently virtually running in a familiar place, the foothills of Mt Kenya!

As you can see on https://olpejeta.secure.force.com/wilddogs2019/, the route goes just north of the main peak of Mt Kenya. Just before going to Olpejeta Conservancy in 2017, we hiked another (more accessible) peak of Mt Kenya, Point Lenana.

As we''re getting close to Tiffany''s due date (05/02), it seems like an apt analogy of the fact that doing the daily walks/runs is becoming a bit of an uphill battle.

So thank you all for your kind messages and the donations; keep them coming!


Update 3:

DISTANCE GOAL REACHED!

And it has happened! On 20 May 2018, on a long evening walk with Luna & Arthur, I trotted my way to the 1,245 km goal!
 
I must say I am quite surprised that I not only managed to reach my goal, but mostly that I did it with more than a month to spare. Certainly didn''t expect this when I set out on this challenge on 7 January 2019. So credit where credit is due: thanks to my personal coach, motivator & overall wife-extraordinaire - Tiffany, to my steadfast walk and run companion - Luna (she has done double the distance at least in the last five months), to our little genius bundle of cuteness - Arthur, and last but not least to all of you who supported me with your messages and donations! The Ol Pejeta Conservancy rangers and the animals they protect also thank you!
 
Now for the icing on the cake. Hear me out, okay. :) The actual virtual ultra goes until the end of the year and both my fundraising goal and my running form haven''t reached the levels I had set out to reach. My dear friend Davide keeps nagging for us to run a half-marathon together, and it needs to happen this year. So I''m setting myself a new goal for the ultra: complete the 4,435 km Lion route. To explain: this year''s Ol Pejeta Virtual Ultra Marathon came in two distances - Wild Dog route (1,245 km) and Lion route (4,435 km); I went for the original distance thinking it would be challenging enough with Arthur''s arrival, but I don''t feel entirely satisfied. So here goes. [I''ve asked the Ol Pejeta team to migrate my data to the Lion route map so you can still follow my adventures to the Kruger Park, but waiting to hear back. In any case, I will continue logging my walk/runs so you can at least track the distance.]

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