shift.ms

Last year, after having completed the 4 deserts challenge (Gobi, Sahara, Antarctica and Atacama) in 9 months and followed that with the brutal UTMB, I had thought that 2012 was going to be a year of rest. It was not to be. . . . Thanks to Caner and his team I opened the season with the beautiful, İznik Ultra. And now it is time for Racing the Planet’s Jordan Race (May 13 – 20). Jordan Race, like other desert ultras is a multistage self-supporting 250 km foot race (or for me an event, as I still find the term race too nerve wrecking). I often get asked the big WHY! Why do I do these events? I am finally starting to formulate a reasonable answer and it is certainly not “to stay fit and healthy.” I do these events for a Multiple Scolerosis (MS) charity – shift.ms. MS impacts 150 of 100,000 people without discrimination and even though it has been defined for almost 140 years it is still without cure. Shift.ms is almost entirely managed by volunteers. It is a social network run by its users where young MSers meet and share experiences and support each other. We depend on donations to keep our operations active. Therefore, your help no matter how large or small is much appreciated. Please click here to donate JustGiving. Thanks, Devrim shift.ms

About Devrim

For the past 20 years, I have been a runner, having been a regular participant of the London marathon during the late 90s & early 2000s and others such as the Istanbul and San Diego. But when I moved to Cyprus in 2003, things took a turn for the worse. Suddenly 42 kilometres was no longer enough. I needed an activity to counter-balance work. That was when I discovered the concept of ultra-running. An ultra run is anything more than 50 kilometres. However, the need was such that I started with 250km long self-sufficient desert ultras. I have now completed 4 desert ultras in some of the most gruelling conditions, ranging from +60 to -20 Celsius, from the high planes of Atacama in Chile to the depths of the Gobi in China, from the sandy dunes of the Sahara to the ice fields of Antarctica. In 2011, I completed a desert ultra series, having run 1,000 kilometres across 4 deserts in 9 months carrying all my own equipment, water and food on my back.
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