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Kilted Scot to Marathon Through the Amazon


Dave CowanCalling itself one of the most dangerous races in the world, a mere 136 competitors have signed up for the Jungle Marathon 2009 race. The seven-day 222km marathon makes its way through the Amazon rainforest near Para, Brazil. The runners will face intense heat and humidity as well as poisonous snakes, tarantulas, jaguars and many other dangers.

Dave Cowan, a Scot grocery store manager and father-of-one is one of the participants, kilt and all, hoping to raise £2000 for the children’s hospice charity CHAS.

He said, “I’ve put in hours and hours of training and I’ve been so focused on this for so long I need it to be done now.

“I’m like a coiled spring ready to be let go.

“When I watched the marathon on television I saw people having to be fitted with drips and be carried away.

“That’s what pushed me to see where my limit is.

Like the other participants, Cowan will carry all his food and equipment with him through the course in a backpack weighing nearly 30 pounds through a place where at night it “cools” down to a balmy 80 degrees.

Once the race begins Sunday, you can follow Dave and all the other racers via the Jungle Marathon website.

[The Courier]


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