Australian ultra-marathoner Pat Farmer will be arriving at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, on the morning of Thursday 10 March 2016 (approx 8:00am-9:00am India time = approx 1:30pm-2:30pm AEDT)
Since the Spirit of India Run began on 26 January, Pat Farmer has run through eight states across India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
When Pat reaches Agra and runs to the Taj Mahal on Thursday 10 March, he will have run more than 3000km over 45 days.
From Agra and the Taj Mahal, Pat will have another 20 days to go until finishing his epic 4600km journey in Srinagar, Kashmir – he plans to arrive at the finish point on 30 March 2016.
After running through the major city of Jaipur on Sunday 6 March, Pat has his sights on Agra, the next destination of the “golden triangle” for India’s tourist circuit.
Though Agra is not on a direct route to Srinigar, during the planning phase he said he wanted to showcase arguably the most famous destination in India.
During his two and half months of running 80km every day, the runner has suffered from severe dehydration, muscle meltdown, heat exhaustion, extreme cramps, Achilles tendinitis and delirium just to name a few.
Though the humidity and heat has gradually declined, the Pat will soon begin experiencing freezing winds, particularly during his 5am starts and as he closes in towards the base of the Himalayas.
The Spirit of India Run has been embraced across India at every level – from small communities and villages all the way to the highest levels of government.
Following the arrival in Agra where he will be given a tour of the Taj Mahal and where his Australian film crew will do location shooting, Pat will continue north to Delhi. He is due to arrive in the capital on 13 March.
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