Friday, December 17, 2010

Running the Caminho Da Fé

It is time to shift all focus to Running the Caminho Da Fé, and for me, Jarom, Chris and Lynne, that means a ton of pre-run preparations.  The four of us will be embarking on a 10-day whirlwind adventure, as we attempt to cover the entire length of the Caminho Da Fé.  In the middle of this pilgrimage we will run the physically and mentally challenging Brazil 135 Ultramarathon, a course that boasts 30,000+ feet of cumulative ascent, 28,000+ feet of quad busting cumulative descent, torrential rain, mud, and bulls with some seriously large horns.

Credential - Stamped at Various Locations on the Caminho Da Fé

Certificate of Pilgrimage

Our schedule will be exhausting:

Sunday, January 16 - Leave New York for São Paulo, Brazil at 9:30 PM.

Monday, January 17 - Arrive in São Paulo at 10:15 AM where we will meet up with Jarom, Clovis and his wife and head to Cravinhos.  Clovis is one of the creators of the Caminho Da Fé, and we are blessed to have him as our guide for the entire journey.

Tuesday, January 18 to
Thursday, January 20 - Our pilgrimage begins early Tuesday morning.  Over the course of the next three days we will journey from the start of the Caminho Da Fé in Cravinhos to the start of the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon in São João da Boa Vista, where we will meet up with all of the other race participants at race check-in.  This segment of the pilgrimage is approximately 133 miles (about 45 miles per day).

Friday, January 21 to
Sunday, January 23 - 135 miles, 30,000+ feet of ascent and the most difficult segment of the Caminho Da Fé is next, as we will travel from São João da Boa Vista to Paraisópolis.  The race has a 60-hour time limit...we hope to cover it in less than 48 hours (about 67 miles per day).

Elevation Profile of the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon

Monday, January 24 to
Tuesday, January 25 - We are sure to attend the BR135 pizza party, and hopefully the farewell breakfast on the morning of the 24th, but Paraisópolis is not our final destination.  The next two days will be spent covering the last 84 miles or so of the Caminho Da Fé, culminating in our arrival in Aparecida, home to and named after the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil.

Wednesday, January 26 - Rest, drink, enjoy, and travel back to São Paulo for an overnight flight back to New York.

More information will be posted here in the coming weeks about particular portions of the pilgrimage, including plenty of information about the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon, which is now a 4-point qualifier for the North Face Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc.

We certainly not go without thanking our sponsors for all of their support - Phix Energy Drink, Drymax Socks, Cleanse Organic, and of course, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the primary fundraising initiative associated with this journey.

We also have to thank all of our friends in Brazil that are making this event possible, especially Brazil 135 Ultramarathon race directors Eliana and Mario Lacerda.  Without their tremendous support and guidance, there would be no Running the Caminho Da Fé.

1 comment:

  1. Man, it's gonna be a great expedition my friend!!! Jarom Thurston