Samantha will run on average 50kms a day for an expedition that is around 75 days in length and will be doing the run to raise money for World Vision projects that tackle the barriers to education
Samantha Gash will be be announcing her 4000km run across India for World Vision’s 50th Anniversary at the Saavn Festival of Colours this Saturday at Werribee Race Course.
Samantha will be running across India (West to East) starting this August, with the aim to shine a spotlight on the barriers to quality education for children in India along her journey.
Samantha will run on average 50kms a day for an expedition that is around 75 days in length and will be doing the run to raise money for World Vision projects that tackle the barriers to education. During her run she will also be exploring these projects and meeting with locals and technical experts, with the hope to create a mini-series or documentary at the completion of the journey
Samantha took up the sport of running in 2008 as a break from study while completing her law degree at Monash University. By following a 16-week training program, she just managed to complete the Melbourne Marathon that year – side by side with a friend. Motivated by the experience of pushing her mind and body beyond what she thought was possible, Samantha ambitiously took the ultimate challenge and entered the ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’.
The ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ requires competitors’ to run four, 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth. When all four races are completed in one calendar year, it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet. Samantha made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete the Grand Slam. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award winning film ‘Desert Runners’.