S America marathon couple due home
Sunday 27th October 2013, 1:50AM GMT.
A British couple who have become the first to run the length of South America by completing a marathon almost every day for 15 months are due to return home today.
Katharine and David Lowrie, both 35, from Devon, began their mammoth 6,400- mile journey at the southern tip of Chile on the opening day of the London Olympics last year, and finally reached the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela’s northern coast last Sunday.
They are expected to finish their immense effort by doing one last run, from Clapham in south London, to Victoria, and will then talk about their experience.
The record-breaking feat took them through Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil with their constantly changing environment ranging from mountains, jungle and coasts, battling sweltering heat, snow, ice and knee-deep mud.
Crowds gathered to cheer on the couple at Carupano as they completed their 5,000 Mile Project, launched to raise money and awareness for wildlife and conservation issues.
”We have been dreaming of the moment we reach the end and can jump into the Caribbean Sea every day since we started, so to finally have reached that point is amazing – it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Mrs Lowrie said after they finished their adventure.
”We were warned many times about the dangers of running alone through some of the towns but thankfully we didn’t have any trouble, just a lot of sore ankles and knees.
”It was dream that we were determined to finish.”
Mr Lowrie has said he and his wife decided to take on the challenge because they felt they needed to pay their ”rent” for living on the planet.
Together they have raised almost 10,000 US dollars (£6,186) for Birdlife International, Conservacion Patagonica and Asociacion Armonia and have broken a collection of records.
Their struggle has drawn support from several celebrities and notable people, including the Duke of Cambridge.
”I am hugely impressed that you are undertaking such a gruelling and challenging 5,000-mile run for such a vitally important cause,” a message from William on the couple’s website read.
”I pray you will not have too many blisters, mosquito bites and other travel scars by the time you return from such an extraordinary marathon.
”I send you both my kindness, good wishes and admiration.”