Wednesday, April 13, 2011

From the H.U.R.T. Hawaii blog

The HURT Hawaii blog is a great source of info about the ultra running world here in Hawaii with occasional articles about ultra running elsewhere. Check it out.

Stage run on the roof of Africa

For those of you looking for the adventure of a lifetime, check this out:
Tanzanian ultra-runner, Simon Mtuy, is organizing a staged trail run around the perimeter of Mount Kilimanjaro in October.  The course will be (roughly) 185 miles, over 8 days, and will traverse the perimeter of Mount Kilimanjaro at approximately 6,000 above sea level.  And yes, there are LOTS of hills.   Cristina and I had the privilege of scouting the course with Simon and Tim Leibach (who works with Simon) this past October.  It was absolutely amazing.  You can check out a brief  (4 minute) clip of our adventure here:
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In addition to being a world class athlete, Simon also owns and operates Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience (adventure packages), and has summited Kilimanjaro over 300 times.  He also holds the world record for the fastest unassisted ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) in 6 hours up, and 2 hours 27 minutes down.  Simon and I have been close friends for about 7 years, and I can say that he is one of the friendliest, most outgoing and interesting individuals that you will ever meet.  I know that some other HURT runners have met Simon at Western States and I’m sure all will agree that Simon is an awesome guy.  Space is extremely limited.  Last time I spoke to Simon he said that it may be a maximum of 18 people.  If your schedule (and credit card) permits it, my suggestion is to go for a month.  Do the stage run, then climb Kili, then go for an animal safari at Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti for 5 days, and finish the trip off with a few days in Zanzibar.  Simon can actually set all this up for you in advance.  You won’t regret it.  I promise!
--Steve V. 
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