Australian ultramarathon runner Samantha Gash will be announcing her Run India project – an ultramarathon across India for World Vision’s 50th Anniversary – this Saturday at Holi Fest, Werribee Race Course.
Samantha will be running around 4,000km across India from East to West in August this year,
from one of the driest deserts on earth (Jaisalmer, Rajasthan) and ending at the wettest place on earth (Mawsynram, Meghalaya).
Along the journey she will be shining a spotlight on the barriers to quality education for children in India and raising money for World Vision projects that tackle these barriers.
“During my run I will be exploring the highly complex challenges to accessing quality education. Factors such as malnutrition, access to appropriate water and sanitation, underage marriage and gender bias all play a part in whether a child can receive an education,” commented Samantha.
“India is such a culturally and geographically diverse country and I knew from my first trip in 2011 that one day I wanted to go back to explore that diversity on foot.”
In 2012 Sam became the youngest Australian woman to run across the Simpson Desert (379 KM) and in 2014 she ran across South Africa (2350km), so she is not shy of a challenge, but India will be her biggest run and charity project yet.
Samantha will run on average 50kms a day for an expedition that is around 75 days in length. She hopes to create a mini-series or documentary at the completion of the journey
To find out more about Run India or to donate, visit: www.runindia.org.au