For David Christopher, being the first Malaysian to finish the Spartathlon is another milestone added to his running resume. “To the best of my knowledge, only three Malaysians —including myself—have…
If you are thinking of running an ultra marathon, you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you to prepare for the high-endurance event, but the end result will be such an uplifting experience, you’ll soon forget about the daunting work you undertook to ready your body and your mind for this extreme challenge. To help you prepare for your next ultra, this alphabet of terms includes advice, precautions, tips and advice—everything you need to finish up with the bragging rights you deserve!
The lyricists responsible for Princess Anna’s powerful words probably had no idea they would inspire and motivate kids around the world. It’s also unlikely that they knew about a real-life Princess Anna: mega-athlete Anna Frost of New Zealand. Both Annas are forces to be reckoned with, but only Anna Frost is the real deal, so we are delighted to introduce you to her!
Check out the back cover of the Dave Alley- and David Lees-authored book “Headwind” and you can’t miss the words, “Just how much punishment can the human body take?” emblazoned in red ink. Good question. And exactly who is crazy enough to test that hypothesis? None other than Dave Alley, Queensland police officer, father of four and man on a mission to complete the 14,000 km running challenge on record. That goal is impressive on its own. Pair it with his 2011 achievement — bicycling around Australia in record-setting time — and we couldn’t wait to interview him to see what drives this Renaissance man. Our conclusion? He’s a one-of-kind action hero in the flesh.
Vlad Ixel is the quintessential man of the world. Born in the Ukraine, he moved to Israel at age four where he immediately caught the athletic bug. Another relocation to Australia as a teen proved difficult because he didn’t fit in right away, but Vlad’s enthusiasm for sports helped him make friends. It didn’t hurt his image that he became a tennis star at 17! After taking time to indulge his inner party animal, he made a fateful decision to pursue marathon running. A second place win at an ultra sealed his fate, but since he’s only 28, Vlad’s life story is literally just beginning.
When Alexis Lee Man Lin and John Low Zhong Heng traverse the Gobi Desert in China’s Xinjiang Province, they expect to do more than challenge themselves (and each other)! The Gobi March is comprised of 250km of rugged terrain guaranteed to test every entrant. To conquer the Gobi, Alexis and John will run across beautiful, harsh but exotic landscape and they may meet the Hui, Kazak and Uyghur peoples of the Gobi region. But the most profound aftermath of this event may be the emotional and spiritual impact on John and Alexis after they visit this mysterious corner of the globe. We’re curious what surprises await this dynamic duo in May and couldn’t wait to interview them!
He’s no ordinary runner! Sean Lim Chee Pheng has a demanding job, a loving wife, a healthy child and he travels a lot, but he never lets having so much on his schedule interfere with his passion for charity, running and helping others. See if Sean doesn’t inspire you to complain less and do more to make the world a better place in which to live.