Wrap up! The Trans-Kalahari Run a success!

Wrap up! The Trans-Kalahari Run a success!

Posted: Oct 01, 2010 09:01 am EDT

Greg Maud, Kirsi Montonen and Jukka Viljanen finished their 1000 km adventure run across a section of the Kalahari in Botswana, Southern Africa the 3rd of September! It took them 20 days to finish the spectacular 1000 km run.

"Each day was split into bite sized chunks with 29 km being run each morning and a gruelling 21 km later the same afternoon, so we did 50 km per day." Jukka tells ExWeb three weeks after their successful run..

Sunrise the highlight

Which means they ran more than a marathon a day in scorching heat and dust! Jukka tells ExWeb the following about their days of running:

"Leaving at 6h30 in the morning was tough as the warm beds beckoned and the dark roads ahead looked very long and straight. The highlight however came when the sun started to rise, as through the dust it was magnified and saturated in colours to resemble a large, floating, grapefruit.The first night was a cold one, and in the morning all the washing which had been hung out on the tents roofs to dry, was found frozen solid."

Snakes

Their biggest concern was however the snakes, especially the deadly puff adder:

"Regarding the snakes, it must have been breeding season, as within no more than three kilometres, at least ten little Puff Adders were spotted. This became a concern as they were so well camouflaged, and
if somebody was to get bitten the chances were small that we would reached a clinic in time as the roads were bad, and towns so far away."

However, they managed to get through after a hard run.

"During the 20 day run we all faced hardships, injuries, sand, dust, heat and emotions but the overnight camps were where we could recharge our batteries."

The bushmen

The trio claim to be the first human beings to cross the Kalahari Desert running, which, considering the agile Bushman of the Kalahari's amazing runs throughout their extremely long human history, seems a tad of an overstatement. However, it is a amazing feat!

During August and September 2010 Jukka Viljanen, Kirsi Montonen and Greg Maud will tackle a 1000 km adventure run across the Kalahari in Botswana, Southern Africa.

The team will run all the time on the Botswana side of the Kalahari, starting at Ghanzi and ending at Kanye, south of the capital Gaborone. They have two support vehicles and one of them will always be very close to us due to lions and other predators.

Jukka Viljanen (47) lives in Espoo, Finland. He has participated in endurance events in some of the worlds most challenging environments. In 2007, Jukka took part in the North Pole Marathon and the North Pole Bike Extreme (both 42.2 km). These events take place on the drifting sea ice between 89° and 90° north. He also completed the 100 km race on Antarctica at Patriot Hills as well as a 195 km run in the Libyan Sahara.

Kirsi Montonen (45) also lives in Finland. In 2008 she ran the 195 km Libyan Sahara ultra-marathon. In the same year she ran the marathon at Patriot Hills on Antarctica and became the fastest female runner to do so.

Greg Maud (36) lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2007 he climbed Everest. In 2008 he completed the Cape Epic mountain bike ride in South Africa; covering over 18,000m of ascent and nearly 1,000 km on his bike. At the end of that year he climbed Mount Vinson on Antarctica in his Seven Summit quest. He has completed 50+ marathons including three Comrades Marathons (90 km) and four Ironman triathlons.

The three friends will run this endurance race to raise awareness and donations for one of Botswanas most endangered animals, the cheetah.

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Regarding the snakes, it must have been breeding season, as within no more than three kilometres, at least ten little Puff Adders were spotted. This became a concern as they were so well camouflaged, and if somebody was to get bitten the chances were small that we would reached a c
Image by Jukka Viljanen courtesy Jukka Viljanen, SOURCE
Leaving at 6h30 in the morning was tough as the warm beds beckoned and the dark roads ahead looked very long and straight.
Image by Jukka Viljanen courtesy Jukka Viljanen, SOURCE
During the 20 day run we all faced hardships, injuries, sand, dust, heat and emotions
Image by Jukka Viljanen courtesy Jukka Viljanen, SOURCE
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