Finally it's time for some pain and suffering that I can really enjoy. On January 14, I will be joining my friends and teammates Chris Roman and Tony Portera for a little trek through a portion of the Amazon Jungle. This famous pilgrimage is known as the Caminho de Fe (Way of Faith) and it stretches for about 350 miles. As if covering that distance wasn't hard enough, we will be joining the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon about halfway through our journey. This means that we will run about 140 miles to the start of the race, then we will join many other runners for the 135 mile race itself. Once the race is complete, we will continue on for another 75 miles to complete the entire length of the Caminho de Fe.
For me personally, this pilgrimage represents much more than a mere adventure. It will be a rebirth of sorts, a way to shed the burdens of the past few years and to move forward with my life. More importantly, it will once again allow me to use my legs and my words to benefit CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation), a truly amazing non profit that helps so many people. In other words, I get to do what I love to do; run and help a charity....and talk. And I will be writing articles for at least a couple of magazines while also shooting a short film. Of course that is the plan anyway. The best thing about an adventure like this is that at some point, everything will go wrong. That's when the fun begins!
I want to express my deepest gratitude to Brazil 135 race director Mario Lacerda for making this happen for me. And I want to thank Chris and Tony for including me in this adventure. And of course thanks to all of you who continue to support me. It just proves that any ordeal can be survived with the love and support of friends.
For those who missed the latest media about my case and my story, here are a couple of links you might enjoy.
For today, I am actually moving and not just RUNNING IN PLACE.