Adrenaline is like an addiction, there are few better sensations than feeling it course through your veins. The greatest shot of adrenaline is to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly, for so long. It makes you feel truly alive.
At PledgeSports we love extreme challenges and expeditions, they are our adrenaline. With us, you can begin funding your extreme adventure and conquering that challenge you’ve always wanted to attempt.
Everyday people are setting themselves challenges and doing the most amazing things in the world of sport. But, one issue commonly overlooked is how much funding your extreme adventure actually requires. Lets take a look:
The world’s highest peak. If climbing Everest is up your street then you best get searching down the side of your couch. With the highest mountain in the world comes one of the highest fees. Scaling Mount Everest will set you back anything from an absolute minimum of £30,000 up £100,000.
Marathon Des Sables
Dubbed the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” by the Discovery Channel, MDS puts 1,300 runners through their paces as they face 250km over 7 days in the Hell on Earth that is the Sahara Desert. Ultra-athletes like Khawar Siddique brave hot, rocky terrain and 1000 foot-high sand dunes in temperatures of +50 degrees celsius.
The cost for this week of “fun” in the sun? Around $10,000.
The World’s Toughest Row – Crossing The Atlantic
As far as rowing goes, the single toughest challenge any rower can take on is to navigate their way across the Atlantic Ocean. One group, “Heads Together And Row” will be taking on this exact challenge in a little over a year.
The team will require funding in the region of £70,000 to £100,000 to set sail.
The Longest Run Ever Attempted – 20,000 miles across the US (Forrest Gump style!)
On October 1st, Jim Plunkett-Cole (JimGump) set off on what is the longest run ever attempted. 20,000 miles and 3 years of running stand between Jim and the history books. In preparation for his monster-trek, he ran 10km every day, without fail, since the beginning of 2013.
Jim is recreating the infamous cross-country trek from the 1994 Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump, hence his apt nickname. Over the 1,172 day run, Jim will turn the famous fictional run into an astonishing reality, this will most likely cost 100,000 +.
And Jim is doing it all for an amazing cause.
7 Ultra-Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents
Audrey McIntosh, Scotland, is the first woman to ever attempt 7 ultra-marathons, on 7 different continents in just 7 days. In her “Global Odyssey” project, Audrey will face an ultra-marathon challenge that pushes the limits of mental and physical strength, endurance, planning ad logistics.
Audrey’s challenge is comprised of running 350km across Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceanic. She will endure temperatures ranging from -30 to +30 degrees celsius and navigate a range of different terrains, including snow, ice, trails and tarmac.
Similar to Audrey, ultra-runner Michael Wardian plans to attempt the same extreme challenge – running 7 ultra-marathons, on 7 different continents in just 7 days. Michael is an American marathoner and ultra-marathoner. He won the 2008, 2009 and 2010 US 50 km championships. In 2008, he won the U.S. National 100 km championship.
Both Audrey and Michael will pay the price for their extreme challenge, and not just in a physical sense. An expedition like this costs roughly £50,000.
The Longest Swim
In the Spring of 2017, French swimmer, Ben Lecomte, plans to go where no human being has ever gone before as he attempts to break the record for the world’s longest swim. Ben will set off from San Francisco and swim across the Pacific Ocean before meeting land again 5,500 miles later in Tokyo.
In his own words, Ben has said, “I’m not an olympic swimmer, I’m an adventurer who likes to swim.” Ben’s epic challenge is a striking reminder of how expensive extreme expeditions can be. To attempt the longest swim in history will cost in the region of $50,000.
Barefoot Run from Norway to Spain
Aleks Kashefi (Barefoot Aleks) is a barefoot runner with a love for the outdoors and extreme challenges. Aleks is currently running from Norway’s most extreme northerly point in the Arctic Circle to Tarifa in Spain, just 10 miles from the African Border.
Aleks’ run will see him navigate trails and wilderness for 8,000km, primarily living out of an 8kg bag as he makes his way through Europe. So far, Aleks has raised £4,500 with PledgeSports for his extreme adventure. He will most likely need at least £20,000 pounds to reach his destination.
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