Monday, April 19, 2010

100 Miles and Runnin'

No, we're not talking about a rap from the early 1990's here; we recently heard about a couple everyday athletes who decided to run 100 miles to the southern California musicfest Coachella, in an effort to raise money for a group called Charity : Water. The goal of the charity is to help impoverished groups have better access to clean drinking water.

Inspired by the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall, two DJ's decided to take this challenge upon themselves. We found this video showing some clips of DJ's Sleeper and Aristocrat scouting out the route.

In an interview I heard a few days ago, DJ Sleeper mentioned he did attempt part of the run through the desert barefoot. For more information on barefoot running, please check out these articles: Running in Minimal Shoes, and Running Barefoot and in Shoes

Although the two runners fell a little short of their goal (they had only run 80 miles by the time they needed to get to the festival to perform), they said they intend to finish the remainder of the route, in the spirit of the charity. We commend these fellows for attempting such a difficult challenge, wish them the best of luck in completing it, and hope the charity succeeds in its goals, as well.

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