My challenge for 2019 is to complete a virtual ultra marathon over the year raising funds for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, specifically supporting the rangers who help keep wildlife safe from poachers.
I’ve chosen to do the Lion Marathon which is virtually completing a total of 4,435 kms in 2019, which is an average daily distance of 12kms. The Lion Marathon competes with one of the rangers as well as a collared lion!
I thought this would be great encouragement to get back into walking and running after fracturing my foot in October last year. Averaging 12km’s a day is not going to be easy!
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.