BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 34

the interview It all starts with a single step… Meet Katharine and David Lowrie: a record-breaking couple who sailed the Atlantic to begin an ultra-marathon through South America, all in the name of conservation By Shaun Hurrell magine how it would feel to run into the Caribbean Sea... Now imagine running into the Caribbean Sea after having run a marathon whilst pulling a trailer weighing up to 140 kg... Now imagine running into the Caribbean Sea after having run a marathon whilst pulling this trailer almost every day for 15 months… This is the feeling 35-year-old Katharine and David Lowrie experienced when, in October 2013, they became the first people in the world to run the entire length of South America, unsupported, to raise money for BirdLife and Asociación Armonía (BirdLife in Bolivia) . We spoke to Katharine, who has written a book “Running South America with my Husband and other animals” about their experiences. i Katharine, we’re blown away by what you and David have achieved, and what the human body can deal with. What motivated you to start this epic adventure? Was it being 34 confined to a boat for three years including crossing the Atlantic? Sailing the Atlantic and Pacific is not the ideal preparation for running marathons…! We had to do squats and jumps on the spot like the Masai. Running is such a natural thing, we evolved to Katharine running in the rain in northern Argentinian cloud forest, near Catamarca 0 Like no other form of passage, running would allow us to permeate the moods of the land and its creatures. With only a couple of millimetres of ‘barefoot’ shoe-soles separating us HBX\8&\X\X] ٝ[ۛH\[[B[[ݙH[[KX[[KܙY\[\ۂ[YKH\\]^HH\ݙ\KH\HH[ۛۈ[[^XYHH8'[[][Y\XH]^H\ؘ[[\[[X['B\YH8(\Z[ N