Update from Bolivia, where a British couple are charging towards a 5,000-mile record run.
TEN months after embarking on an extreme challenge to run unsupported the length of South America, a British couple have found themselves in a race against time.
David and Katharine Lowrie must reach the border with Brazil within the next two weeks before their Bolivia visas expire.
The pair, who are wearing shoes from our inov-8 terrafly range and pulling all their expedition gear in a trailer, began their epic challenge on July 28 last year.
David and Katharine aim to complete the 5,000-mile journey -the equivalent of 200 marathons -in the space of a year and in doing so achieve a world first; becoming the first woman and first couple to run the continent.
Katharine said: “We now have over 4,000 miles behind us as we head north through the Amazon basin.
“The run has turned into a race as we have only two weeks left to reach Brazil before our Bolivia visas expire.
“On top of that, we have hit dirt roads, which kick up clouds of dust. The trailer is like a lead weight in the hard-baked mud and we are running in near 100% humidity. Survival is getting tough!”
As well as wearing a number of pairs of our terrafly shoes, David and Katharine are also making full use of our wrags (a multi-use, fast-wicking, seamless head wrap which comes in several colour combinations).
Katharine said: “Humidity, the scorching sun and dust are a runner’s nightmare.
“Luckily we have a lifeline -our inov-8 wrags! They guard our hands, necks and faces against the sun and prevent clouds of dust from whipping into our eyes.
“One is currently behind my bra strap to prevent rubbing, while Dave wears one on each thigh to prevent chafing.
“Whether as a head wrap, bandage, flannel, hair band, sweat band, or whatever else; they rock!”
The couple aim to highlight the amazing biodiversity they encounter along the way and raise awareness and funds for environmental conservation.
Find out more about David and Katharine’s epic adventure on the 5000-mile project website.