There is always one guy who sticks out like a sore thumb because he has to do things a little differently. In this regard we must make mention of the young and talented 26 year-old August “Boskind” Carstens from Stellenbosch. He’s doing it a little different to the “ordinary” Race Across South Africa (RASA) racers. Indeed, the RASA features as a part of his plans, but he is entered for the Extreme Triathlon. This includes:
- 85 km TRAIL RUNNING in the Umgeni Trail Race from Durban on the coast of the Indian Ocean to Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 16 June. He then gets a day’s rest before the 2nd stage of the triathlon;….
- which is 2300 km MOUNTAIN BIKE RASA, starting in Batch I on Monday 18 June 2012. The triathlon then ends with….
- The 240 km RIVER PADDLE in the 4 day staged Berg River K1 Canoe Marathon which starts in Paarl and ends in Velddrif on the Atlantic coast.
The record for the Extreme Triathlon is held by Graham Bird at 20 days, 15 hours and 4 minutes
But the Extreme Triathlon, too, seems to be the easy part of his total journey, which started in Dar Es Salaam a few month ago. The Extreme Triathlon is the last part of his Kili2Cape Expedition, which will total around 7000km, of which near 5000 kms have already been completed. His trip to date has seen him going through Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique, and picking up Malaria in the process. Take a look at his Kili2Cape website, it makes for some good reading - www.kili2cape.co.za