More MS news articles for June 2002

Event: Extreme Africa Challenge

http://www.mssociety.org.uk/news_events/events/extreme_africa.html

Date: 14 June 2002
Location: Tanzania, East Africa
Category: Fundraising Events

This challenge event takes place from 14th June to 30th June 2002.

Not only is Extreme Africa a brand new challenge in the world of extreme adventure, but it is set to become one of the toughest.

It takes place in Tanzania, East Africa, and entails running the equivalent of four marathons through the African bush, and climbing to the summit of three volcanoes including the world's highest freestanding mountain - Kilimanjaro.

You will have to complete this challenge in just two weeks. The actual altitude gained during the three mountain climbs is equal to that experienced when climbing Mount Everest!

The event is being run in aid of the MS Society. The first leg of the challenge starts with a one-day climb of Mount Longido - a sacred Maasai mountain close to the border with Kenya. Having descended Mount Longido, you will have to run a double marathon through the African bush to Mount Meru, which you will have four days to climb. Built into the Meru climb is a tortuous race up the ash cone, located in the crater of this magnificent mountain - Africa's fifth highest.

Having conquered Meru, you will descend and run your third marathon to our Base Camp situated in the foothills of West Kilimanjaro. The route will take you through Masaai bomas (villages) and acacia scrub with the chance of sighting giraffe, gazelle, wildebeest and maybe even elephant. You will then have just five days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the steep and little known Umbwe Route to its summit and the highest point in Africa at 19,344ft (5,896m).

The last challenge is to run your fourth and final marathon from the summit, down to the finish line at Mweka Gate, the main wilderness exit gate for Kilimanjaro National Park.

The mountain climbs are considered as team events and points are awarded only if the entire team completes the challenge. The marathons are run as individual events and participants will gain points for their team and for themselves based on completing the course and doing so in the fastest time. You can join this event already in a team of four people, or as an individual.

Extreme Africa is endorsed by Ultra Eventer Chris Moon, an icon for courage and determination in the 21st century. He has triumphed over the adversity of an appalling land mine blast, losing half of his right leg and most of his right arm, and still participates in marathons, mountain climbs, and extreme events worldwide.

"Not only does this event live up to its "EXTREME" billing, it also incorporates the spectacular backdrop of the African bush, an array of wildlife, and of course the Maasai people, who inhabit the area. What more could you ask for? Sign up .... if you think you're tough enough." Chris Moon.