On 14 March 2015 Rob Coleman will be heading to Alaska to take part in the Likeys 6633 Ultra. A 350 mile fully self supported foot race around the Arctic Circle. He is looking to raise up to £5,000 and hoping for businesses to assist by sponsoring individual elements of the race such as travel or kit or make a non specific donation.
The 6633 Ultra is one of the toughest challenges on the planet. In the freezing Arctic setting, competitors are pushed to their physical and mental limits as they strive to complete the 350-mile endurance race in only eight days. The 6633 ultra is a non-stop self sufficient foot race over a distance of 350 miles. The race crosses the line of the Arctic Circle, and continues to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk.
Competitors also have to pull fifty pounds’ worth of equipment on a sledge along the course which will include all their provisions for the race including food, cooking items, clothing, sleeping kit and other safety gear. Racers going all the way to Tuktoyaktuk will be allowed 2 drop bags for limited essential gear at approx 120 miles (Fort McPherson) and 230 miles (Inuvik). All racers will be allowed to have a bag at the finish line for spare warm clothing etc.
Checkpoints will be spaced along the route at between 23 and 70 miles apart, where racers will be able to rest for a while and be able to prepare their own food. Hot water and Shelter are the only things guaranteed at the checkpoints.
Eagle Plain - Start - 0 miles (0km)
Arctic Circle - CP1 - 23 miles (37km)
James Creek - CP2 - 69 miles (111km)
Fort McPherson - Finish or CP3 - 116 miles (186km)
Tsiigehtchic - CP4 - 154 miles (248km)
Caribou Creek - CP5 - 205 miles (330km)
Inuvik - CP6 - 235 miles (378km)
Swimming Point - CP7 - 305 miles (491km)
Tuktoyaktuk - Finish - 352.64 miles (566km)
A true Arctic experience - this race really does enter the Arctic Circle and can quite genuinely claim to be the Toughest, Coldest and Windiest Extreme Ultra Marathon on the Planet.
Rob will be raising funds for the Cornwall air ambulance
In the first instance £5000 is needed for flights, kit and essentials to survive such a mammoth task. This may seem a lot but if we can get 1000 people to sponsor a £5 or 100 to sponsor £50 or any amount you feel you can contribute then this would be gratefully received.
Rob can be contacted at Goundrys Truro office ( 01872 242425) for any further info or to leave him a cheque.
Come on folks's let's make this work!!
To help and donate please vist Rob's Facebook Page