In 2017, I had the honor to travel to Ol Pejeta Conservany in Africa and meet Sudan, he was the last remaining male Northern White rhino. There are two females remaining, Sudan''''''''s daughter and granddarughter. In essence the Northern White is extinct. These two rhinos along with many others are under 24/7 guard. And these guards need help in their work. They need dogs, guns, shoes, food! And much more that needs to be purchased.
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.
Wild Dog Trek:
- The same track as before: 1,245 kms around Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries
- Average daily distance of 3.4 kms (2.1mi.)
- Compete with one of our rangers on their daily patrols!
- Registration fee: US$ 50
What you commit to:
- Raise US$ 1,000, which will go straight into equipment for the rangers
By competing in the 2019 Virtual Ultra Marathon, I will help make sure the rangers have everything they need to continue their critical work in conservation.
Virtual Ultra Marathon 2018 is still ongoing, click here to view how our conservation champions are doing on the Virtual Marathon.
For more information about the Virtual Ultra, ForRangers or Ol Pejeta Conservancy, please get in touch with email@example.com.