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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Stage 4
30-Jul-2015 03:40:52 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

DAY 4 in the bag but what a painful bag it was. I know I’ve written a few times about the strength of the team but today was a true test. There’s always one who is down at any given time and today it was me! My feet are beyond repair and each step of the 40km we ran today was akin to walking on needles. I was unwilling to hold up the team but after a quick discussion we took a bit of weight out of my pack and the boys spread it between them to lessen the impact of my footfalls – made a huge difference but it was an agonising day. After following a narrow foot trail along a river bed we climbed an incredibly steep trail to emerge on a vast plateau with views that went on forever. The Ecuadorian farmers seem to till every accessible piece of land they can lay their hands on – some incredibly steep sections with potatos growing. The next highlight was a long winding climb up to the craters edge of Lake Quilatoa at almost 4000m above sea level. The air was thin to breathe and made the climb really tough but of course then came the downhill. The views made it well worthwhile (there’s sure to be some pics on the website …. Check them out!) Then followed a long slog home around a dirt road to a small village (name unknown to me). Medics have attended to our feet and we’re looking for an early night before the long march tomorrow. Thanks again for all your messages – access to computer is tricky but the team know about all the support from home. The finish line is in sight but we have the biggest day yet to come! From Charlie, James, Kim and Tim

Stage 3
29-Jul-2015 03:52:37 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

What goes up must go down. We had a reality check today and ended up walking a lot more than we intended. We were out in the field for about 7 hours and it was a hard day at the office. My feet (Tim) are in bad shape and everyone else has similar issues – James is saying goodbye to a big toenail, Kim is sitting in the tent attending to blisters and Charlie is keeping us all amused with his various “niggles”. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say we hobbled rather than walked today! Tonight’s camp is set in a beautiful valley not too far from a river. The campfires are burning and everybody is busy setting up for tomorrow. Rain is expected tonight but so far we’ve only had a little drizzle. Tomorrow is another massive day – only 40 odd kilometres but we’ll be climbing 2985 vertical meters and descending around 3000meters so once again …. A whole lot of up and downs. As I write this blog runners are still coming in to cheers and applause and drums! We’ve been in at camp for about 2 hours and there are still probably about 20 or so runners still out in the hills. We’re struggling to keep pace with the Canadian and Australian teams so we’re just focusing on running our own race. Currently we’re in 3rd position in the teams category. Some epic views today and amazing scenery. Sorry this blog is a little jumbled but it’s not easy sitting down to write after a day like we’ve had! Day 4 tomorrow!

Stage 2
28-Jul-2015 06:15:07 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Day2 … DONE! We got the stuffing knocked out of us today. Everyone’s a little shattered … no make that a lot shattered! We’re loving the messages of support so keep them coming please. They mean a lot to 4 weary men. Quick update on the days running – hills hills and more hills. We climbed to 3900m and dropped to around 3000 then back up to 3800 (I don’t know how many times). Highlight of the day was a section on a really narrow single file trail – picture 4 broken men hobbling along as best we could when we were joined by a group of around 10 local kids aged between about 6 and 10 running like mountain goats in shoes 2 sizes too big and laughing and giggling at the gringoes. We gave them a packet of crispy honey dipped almonds and they ran (we hobbled) with us for about half an hour. They couldn’t speak English and we couldn’t speak Spanish let alone the local dialect but we taught them to chant “go Charlie” and  they played along with us. Hamish, our tent mate and NZ friend had a tough day. We found him at checkpoint 2 with a torn calf and declaring his race was over. We gave him a hug and farewelled him, made it to our tent and were torn between feeling sorry for him and celebrating more room in the tent when all of a sudden his smiling face appeared through the tent door – he decided to tough it out and walked on to Camp to stay in the race. So now he has given up his serious racing he’s joining Team NZ for the remainder – now we are 5! Hamish’s tenacity to stay in the Race is just another example of why these events are so amazing. Looking around the Camp tonight is akin to watching the walking wounded but spirits are high and everyone makes an effort to help others no matter how sore they themselves are feeling. We’ve been joined in camp tonight by the local villagers who are standing around looking at us as if we”ve just dropped in from space – lots of smiles but total bemusement on their faces at our appearance and all our equipment. Team NZ have a few nasty blisters and we’re seizing up a bit but we are a team and we pushing on united. Tomorrow’s another day!

Stage 1
27-Jul-2015 07:23:09 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Great first day but challenging! Team NZ came in 2nd place in the teams category after 7.5hrs on out feet and despite the fact we had a little navigation error which cost us about 15 mins. After much swearing and cursing we got back on track and managed to regain most of the people that had passed us. Everyone’s in pretty good shape … a few blisters and sore shoulders from the packs but nothing serious. Running through Ecuador is a truly beautiful experience. Villagers out on the street to cheer us on and lots of photo stops with the locals who took more photographs of us rather than the other way around. The sun has been our friend all day and the temperature was perfect for most of the day. Team spirits are high … each supporting the others throughout the day. This is what the event is all about for us – friendship, teamwork, challenges and personal achievement. Let’s not forget about Free To Run and the fundraising. The support has been amazing but we really want to hit our target of $10,000 so share the word and encourage support. A big thankyou from all who have supported so far, from all of us in the team. Tomorrow’s another day.
Kim, Charles, James and Tim

Camp 1
26-Jul-2015 04:10:30 AM [(GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington]

We arrived round 4.30pm after the bus ride from Quito. Camp 1 is located in a stunning setting at the foot of Mt Cotapaxi – a snow covered mountain that resembles Mt Ngaruahoe only 4 or 5 time higher! The air’s a little thin as we’re at 3350m above sea level and the night cold has set in. we’re expecting near freezing temps overnight. Big log fires burning and competitors huddled around the fire for warmth. A lot of old friends reacquainting from past events and the new guys like Team NZ making new friends. Too cold to type much more as the so called cyber tent is more of a shelter than a tent! The run starts tomorrow and we’re ready to go.

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