Running Tunisia: The Kids Are Alright

Apr 20, 2010
Outside Magazine

The day started out with a 1.5-hour drive, rocking Arabic/Frenchmusic in Nardeen's car to start where we finished yesterday. After atough day yesterday, we made a collective decision to run 20 minutes,then do a fast walk for two minutes. Our goal was to make it back tocamp, about 36 kilometers, and everyone was feeling pretty good around lunchtime. However, the heat of the day was beginning, and we still had about16 kilometers to go.

After lunch, we came across a herd of dromedaries (one-humped camels)and watched as Andy chased them around the desert in his attempt toride one! As the heat pressed down on us, we tried to focus onhydrating properly and keeping a consistent pace on our own.Throughout the first two days, Kathy (Ray's wife) had been runningalongside us and helping with pacing, but today, she deemed usready to go out by ourselves and make our own decisions on proper speedfor running a multi-day expedition. The heat was very hard to take thelast ten kilometers, but we worked together to keep everyone motivated and couldnot have been happier when we crested the hill to overlook the camp infront of us.

Back at camp, we had an interesting educational discussion with DocAffleck about a variety of water issues as well as facts andinteresting history about the theories of the origins of water. Ray hadus do an experiment where we carried 12 liters of water around camp toget a feel for what it is like for children to carry water for miles onend, which is necessary for their everyday life.

--Andy Dilla, Jill Gilday, Connor Clerke, and Kajsa Heyes

After completing his record run across Lake Baikalwith Kevin Vallely to draw attention to the global clean-drinking-watercrisis, Ray Zahab will return to Tunisia. The first time around, he starredin the documentary Running the Sahara, narrated and executive-produced by Matt Damon.This time, he will lead a group of four young adults--Andy Dilla, JillGilday, Connor Clerke, and Kajsa Heyes--across the desert as part of an i2Pexpedition to help raise funds and awareness for the water crisis inAfrica. The group will traverse 200 to 250 kilometers total, and theyaim tomake it through in about eight days, with the goal of running 25 to 50kilometers per day.

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