Saturday, March 03, 2007

Good Luck Craig & Alison!!

It's Sunday. Time to sleep in, eat a leisurely, decadent breakfast, read the paper (or two), take a nap ... or fly to Tanzania and do this.

But only, you know, if you really feel like it.

My pseudononymous friends have actually flown to Tanzania and are running the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon Sunday, March 4. C was reeling from the after-effects of anti-malarial medicine when he left. So we're hoping he recovers in time. Plus, this is his first marathon! Some people.

The marathon route leaves Moshi stadium and heads down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar-Es-Salaam for approximately 8-9km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of well-wishers along the road. We turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, tracking down into the actual town itself before turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly. The turnaround point marks approximately 32km and the last section is a fast downhill run back toward the stadium. Regular water tables as well as 'sponging points' and the odd 'shower' keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route.




I can't wait to hear all the details!

7 comments:

Firefly's Running said...

WOW! That's awesome! Good luck to them!

Flo said...

Wow!!! Having visited Africa I know how beautiful it will be. Be sure and post how they did!!!

WannaBe5Ker said...

How cool is this, whoa!

21stCenturyMom said...

Now THAT's a marathon worth doing. With my first born destined to spend a couple of years in that area it could happen!

susie said...

This is superman from the MCM, right? Wish him my best!!

Bex said...

I just tried to check race results, and they weren't online yet. Damn it.

LBTEPA said...

Crikey! That's hardcore. Hurray for them!
Re your last post - if you WERE your weight/pace/bodyfat/mileage/job/disablities
then who would you become when you get injured or sick or very old? Just a thought...