ALMOST a year after embarking on an extreme challenge to run unsupported the length of South America, a British couple are about to face their toughest test yet.
David and Katharine Lowrie will soon head deep into the Amazon rainforest, aiming to reach the jungle’s largest city, Manaus, in 21 days.
Ahead of them is a long, abandoned road, which is currently being reclaimed by the forest.
Katharine said: “We are facing metre-deep mud, near 100% humidity and daily tropical downpours. We will also be rough-camping with jaguars, snakes and spiders. Me and David can’t wait!”
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 are now into the final 1,000 miles of their 5,000-mile journey -the equivalent of 200 marathons -as they bid to achieve a world first; becoming the first woman and first couple to run the continent.
Katharine said: “This is what our running expedition is all about, this is what motivates us – running wild through some of the most amazing, remote wildlife-rich lands on earth.
“We have been running with a trailer all the way, pulling all our kit behind us.
“For this next section Dave is building another trailer, due to all the extra food we need to carry.
“This means we will no longer be able to take turns -we will both be pulling trailers at the same time!”
She added: “It started as a 5,000-mile project but in reality it has turned into 6,500 miles due to various diversions that were not possible to measure beforehand.
“So now we are aiming for a mid-to-late October 2013 finish on the Caribbean Coast, Carupano of Venezuela.
“We are still aiming to reach our 5,000-mile target within in a year of setting off. The 5,000-mile marker will be passed in the Amazon rainforest, just before we reach Manaus.”
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 5,000-mile project website.