Ultra-distance running is not everyone’s idea of sporting heaven, but for businessman Ken Krys it is a perfect way to get out of comfort zone, stay fit and combat the elements and test himself to the limits.
The Canadian adventurer can boast running the Marathon des Sables, the world’s toughest organised run, in 2009 and just for pre-Christmas ‘fun’ he did the Ice Marathon in Antarctica last month. In minus-10 degree temperatures, Krys braved the freezing conditions and ran the 26.2 mile race in around 5 hours 50 minutes. “It was a nice sunny day, so the conditions weren’t too bad,” he said. “I was intending to do the 100km run the next day but thought I had better get the plane home because the next one might not have left for another five days and that would have been cutting it too close to Christmas.”
Krys ran with Tristan Miller, the Run Like Crazy athlete who was completing his 51st marathon in as many weeks. Miller was about an hour faster than Krys in the Ice Marathon and he did his final marathon of 2010 in his home city of Melbourne, Australia on 27 December.
If not for sponsorship from Krys, Miller would not have been able to complete all 52 marathons for the year and raise money for various charities, mainly Facing Africa.
“Tristan’s project was very expensive… all that travelling and accommodation is costly, even on a pinch,” said Krys. “So I was happy to help him reach his pinnacle. It’s not often Cayman can get involved in such a worthy project which has such wide ramifications. We’ve had great feedback about Tristan’s fundraising.”
Meanwhile, Krys is in training for the Boston Marathon in April and then plans to tough it out in a five-day run through the Amazon forest in October.