Tuesday Night at Turkey Mountain, I met Brian Hunter. Brian run with us occasionally, and has planned an amazing adventure for this summer. Brian, along with a support team, will run 1500 miles across the country of Mongolia to raise awareness and support for thousands of orphans and abandoned children. I visited his website, the Across Mongolia Expedition, which gives many details of his upcoming endeavor.
A short insightful video on his website explains the genesis of this expedition, and introduces his team.
According to Wikipedia,
The country came under strong Russian influence and, proclaiming in 1924 the communist Mongolian People's Republic, it became Soviet Union's satellite state. It was only after the breakdown of communist regimes in Europe in late 1989, when Mongolia saw its own Democratic Revolution in early 1990; it led to a multi-party system, a new constitution of 1992, and transition to a market economy.
At 1,564,116 square kilometres (603,909 sq mi), Mongolia is the 19th largest and the most sparsely populated independent country in the world, with a population of around 3.2 million people. It is also the world's second-largest landlocked country after Kazakhstan. The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by steppes, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Approximately 30% of the population are nomadic or semi-nomadic.
Brian and his support team plan of covering an average of 30 miles per day, and running border to border in 50 days. Partnering with the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, the proceeds will go to provide vitamins, medical supplies, coats, and shoes for the orphans and abandoned children living in horrid conditions--sometimes even in sewers beneath city streets.
Brian's quest is a noble one, and he has bitten off one tough yet exciting challenge. He is looking for sponsors and donations for the trip, and more importantly for the children in need. Please visit his site. I have linked his website to my blog so I can check in on his progress and the tales and pictures of his adventure.