Katharine and David Lowrie

Katharine and David Lowrie

British couple running across South America
Country: Great Britain

Content:
  1. British Couple Runs across South America
  2. A Challenging Adventure
  3. A Remarkable Achievement
  4. Running for a Cause
  5. Inspiring Others

British Couple Runs across South America

British couple, Catherine and David Lowrie, from Devon and Northumberland respectively, have become the first people to run across South America, covering over 10,000 km. Their epic journey began in October 2013 at Cape Froward, Chile, the southernmost point of South America, and ended in December 2014 in Carupano, Venezuela, at the Caribbean Sea. They ran through Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil, capturing their incredible adventure on video and in photographs. Catherine, an ecologist, and David, a management consultant, shared their extraordinary experiences in their book, "Running South America," published by Whittles Publishing.

Katharine and David Lowrie

A Challenging Adventure

Catherine and David described their journey as the most difficult and challenging undertaking they had ever faced. They constantly encountered the dangers of jaguars and the threat of terrorists. Despite these risks, they found solace in the simplicity and naturalness of their journey. They slept in makeshift camps, dug holes in the forest, and cooked their food every night. Catherine expressed that this way of life was more fulfilling and beneficial to their overall well-being than being confined to the four walls of an office or a home. They believed that people need to reconnect with nature and green spaces, as it is where their roots lie and where they thrive.

Katharine and David Lowrie

A Remarkable Achievement

Conquering the continent was a dream they never imagined, but it brought them an extraordinary sense of accomplishment. Even during their last nine marathons in nine days, they doubted their ability to complete the challenge. However, the feeling of diving into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea felt like a dream come true. Neither of them wanted their journey to end, expressing their desire to continue their path.

Katharine and David Lowrie

Running for a Cause

Catherine and David embarked on their epic journey as part of the charity program organized by Birdlife, in collaboration with partners such as Asociacon Armonia from central Bolivia and Conservacion Patagonnia, a reserve in the Chacabuco Valley in Chile. They ran the majority of the 10,467 km barefoot or in minimalist footwear, except when they had to pull a trailer filled with supplies. The challenges began at the start of their journey, facing freezing temperatures and running an average of 30-32 km per day. Despite the hardships, they found strength in the beauty of nature and the generosity of strangers who provided them with food and water along the way.

Katharine and David Lowrie

Inspiring Others

Throughout their journey, Catherine and David visited remote schools and gave presentations, sharing their experiences and knowledge about the wildlife they encountered. They were amazed by the warmth and hospitality they received from these communities. They learned a great deal from the children, teachers, and villagers, finding joy in sharing their journey with them.

Katharine and David Lowrie

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