Enjoy this second video Dispach of Te Araroa expedition in New Zealand. After 53 days and 3,054 km of running Jez Bragg crossed the finish line.
The expedition involves a solo, fastest time attempt running the full Te Araroa trail by Jez Bragg.
In addition to running Jez will also be kayaking across the various water crossings which form part of the official route, including 120 kilometres down the Whanganui River, numerous river estuaries and Lake Wakatipu.
The aim is to complete a 'tip-to-toe' traverse of the whole country, purely under human power.
"Every long run in a new place provides a wonderful opportunity to explore. To me it is one of the greatest attractions of the sport; being able to cover long distances, non-stop, on foot, getting to the places that most can’t reach. To be solo, on foot, creates a wonderful sense of freedom in a world where day-to-day life is increasingly frantic.
There are few sports that offer such a pure and unhindered way in which to explore the hills, mountains and countryside. When you run in places such as the Highlands of Scotland, the scenery inspires and gives strength to push you further. That’s what it’s all about for me."
Jez won his first trail ultra marathon in emphatic fashion and has gone on to win most others he has started since then, establishing himself as one of the world’s leading ultra distance runners, both on the trails and the road.
Jez now has his sights firmly set on the global scene, building on the success of his biggest performance to date, a win at The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in August 2010.
Start: Riverton (2,988km) Finish: Bluff (3,054km) Distance for the day: 68km Cumulative distance: 3,054km Distance to Bluff: 0km At 1601hrs on Saturday February 2nd 2013 after, 53 days 9 hours and 1 minute setting from Cape Reigna, I finally completed my long journey down the Te Araroa trail, arriving in Bluff – lands end on [...]
Distance for the 2 days:127km
This trail is making me work for my kilometers right to the last, as it has done all the way. It would be a real mistake to let my guard down at this stage and think that the final few hundred kilometers would be a run in.
Start: Hawea River (2,567km)
It’s been a great couple of days traversing across to the buzzing south island hotspot town of Queenstown. We’re now just north, in the lakeside suburb of Frankton.
Cumulative distance: 1,920km
I’m just in from a 3 day north to south fast pack across the Richmond Range. If that had been a standalone adventure trip, I would feel very satisfied, but to think it came just a couple of days after the Cook Strait and the Queen Charlotte Track is pretty mind blowing. Anyway, I need to look forwards not backwards.