What’s been happening?
- – Pat left Delhi on March 14 and crossed through the state of Haryana and is now in the state of Punjab
- – They endurance runner has covered over 3800km of the total 4600km journey
- – A $20,000 donation has been made to the Nanhi Kali foundation from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs
- – Pat met with the state governor in Chandigarh
- – Expected finish date is March 30
Australian ultra-marathon legend Pat Farmer is on the final leg of his epic run across India with less than 1000km left to cover.
Since embarking on the Spirit of India Run from the southern-most point of India on January 26, 2016, Mr Farmer has run over 3800km through deserts, beaches, jungles, mountains, cities and highways.
With less than two weeks to go, the endurance runner is approaching the most difficult section of his journey and will literally be staring up a mountain.
“We’re still yet to see, what I believe, to be the most beautiful part of India – Kashmir,” Mr Farmer said.
“I look forward to seeing the mountains; it’s an area I focused on heavily during my planning for this journey.”
Mr Farmer has been picturing reaching his final destination since before he ever took the first step over seven weeks ago.
“The amazing thing about sport is it can be used as a tool for turning dreams into a reality. When this started, all I had was a dream and a map of India – just a piece of paper.
“Now I’m standing here, three quarters of the way through this journey.”
In recent days, the weather has turned from hot and dry to heavy rain, thunderstorms and much colder temperatures but Mr Farmer continues to run in all conditions.
The Spirit of India Run has been raising funds for the Nanhi Kali foundation to support disadvantaged girls’ in India with their education.
Last week, when Mr Farmer had run through Delhi, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) announced a $20,000 donation to the charity.
The finish line is in Srinagar, a city in the northern most section of India at the base of the Himalayas. He is expected to take his final step on March 30.