University couple set to run length of South America for charity

Two University of Sheffield alumni began their bid to become the first couple to run the length of South America in July, to raise money for environmental charities.

Ecologists Katharine and David Lowrie began their year-long epic journey on 27 July 2012, the day that the London Olympics start. The couple aim to raise money for BirdLife International and Conservacion Patagonica, to buy and conserve threatened habitats in South America.

Through online media - 5000mileproject.org - they also want to connect people from around the world to South America’s wildlife and wildlands and inspire environmental action to conserve them. The pair met whilst studying at the University in 1997 and married in 2008.

The distance of the expedition, over 5,000 miles, will be the equivalent of running over 200 marathons in a year. The pair will run through a freezing Patagonian winter, battle gale force winds in the Argentine Pampas and endure months of steaming heat in the Amazon rainforest. The journey will be unsupported – meaning they will pull all their expedition gear themselves in a specially designed trailer made of recycled materials.

In completing the expedition, entitled 5000 Mile Project, they will become the first couple to run the continent and Katharine will become the first woman.

For an update on their adventure visit: ilovechile.cl/2012/10/26/running-through-south-america-to-benefit-its-wildlife-and-wild-places/70911