Last year, on the 24th May 2009 Heather Howells ran the 56mile/89km Comrades Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in South Africa. This race is known as the Ultimate Human Race where athletes from all over the world come together to challenge their endurance. Heather wanted her run to be about more than personal accomplishment and decided to combine her personal triumph with support for HOKISA.

HOKISA is especially meaningful to Heather as she spent the first 32 years of her life in South Africa and grew up in a nearby neighbourhood. Heather’s wish is to give back to her country of birth by helping those who are in a more disadvantaged position than herself.

Heather succesfully completed the race and then came to share her experiences with the children where they got to imagine the race, touch the medal and ask a lot of questions to a new HOKISA hero.

Heather, with the help of her family and friends, raised a large amount of money for HOKISA which has been wisely spent on things very needed and appreciated.

After a successful and very rewarding venture last year, Heather has decided to take on a bigger challenge and tackle the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon from 17-23 October 2010.

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficiency run held over six legs in seven days with set distances for each day totalling 250km/155miles. Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and survival equipment for the duration of the event. This adventure race is held in the Kalahari Desert in extreme conditions and is a true test of the participants physical and mental stamina and endurance.

The race is going to be a huge challenge not only of Heather’s fitness, endurance and stamina but also scientifically working out nutritional requirements for the 7 days of strenuous activity and transporting everything needed for survival in a backpack which Heather will have to run with. Heather has also increased her target for fundraising for HOKISA.

Aloha and mahalo Heather!