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WHAT IS THE 20° SOUTH RUN ALL ABOUT?

The 20° South Run is an expedition that will start on the West coast of Africa, travel across 5,000 km of often uncharted terrain, following rivers, elephant migration routes, and cultural and natural heritage sites, and end on the East coast of Africa.

The Goodsport Trust (Goodsport) team of Darren Clarke and Jon O’Hanlon are undertaking this event. Jon conceived the idea of the run more than six years ago (Appendix A) and now with Darren’s association, as the CEO of Goodsport, it has become a reality and is being done as a Goodsport event.

The run will start in the Skeleton Coast region on the west coast of Namibia adjacent to the Namib Desert, and will follow the 20° South latitude. It will take approximately five months to complete, running 45km every day with a rest day every seventh day, traversing 5 countries and ending on the east coast of Mozambique near the mouth of the Limpopo river.


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THE ROUTE


The 20° South Run is an expedition that will start on the West coast of Africa, travel across 3,000km of often uncharted terrain, following rivers, elephant migration routes, and cultural and natural heritage sites, and end on the East coast of Africa.

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PURPOSE OF THE RUN


The purpose of the run is to attract people’s attention and their awareness to two major issues facing the Earth, and southern Africa in particular. Firstly, the sustainability of the planet, and in particular water sustainability; South Africa is one of the world’s top water scarce regions. Secondly, the nearing extinction of the sub-Saharan African elephant. This is due primarily to poaching for the ivory trade, and water is key to their survival as well. Unfortunately these days talk of the problems that the planet is facing across all facets of sustainability, biodiversity, conservation and the effects of climate change has become the norm and an accepted, everyday fact of life. These issues go so far as to threaten global peace as well as business continuity.

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RAISING AWARENESS THROUGHOUT THE EXPEDITION

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RAISING AWARENESS THROUGHOUT THE EXPEDITION

 

At the heart of promoting awareness throughout the expedition is the exciting development of having Giles Clarke, Darren’s 10 year old son, accompanying the support team.

Giles will not only be joining the runners for 5km every day, but he will also drive the Connect The Children campaign.  This entails connecting the children in all the schools that are in the Goodsport sphere of influence to as many children as possible in the 5 countries being traversed: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique.  The intention is to encourage school projects, have competitions with prizes, share real time videos, pictures and stories, and provide handouts throughout the run.

Giles is currently an ambassador for WESSA’s International EcoSchools Programme operating in over 52 countries worldwide. WESSA, The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa has been operating since 1929. As part of the programme, Giles will be supporting the Mini SASS (Stream Assessment Scoring System) programme by documenting the state of health of the streams encountered throughout the run.

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SUSTAINABILITY

The sustainability of the event, rather than it being merely a once-of happening, will be considered when preparing the final route plan. Consideration will be given to creating a sustainable trail that may be hiked by others in years to come – a route that goes along wildlife trails, cultural sites, natural heritage sites and indigenous villages – along the lines of the El Camino de Santiago trail in northern Spain.

Event Organisers


Jon O’Hanlon | jon@goodsport.org.za | +27 (0) 82 4575 039


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