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Interview with Josef Ajram, Red Bull Adventure, 23 Sept ’13

Interview with Josef Ajram, Red Bull Adventure, 23 Sept ’13

I interviewed Red Bull sponsored athlete Josef Ajram, who in October 2013, will be reattempting the Red Bull 7 Islands – a challenge that saw him last year end up in hospital.

Here is an extract of that interview, as found on Red Bull Adventure.

What is Red Bull 7 Islands? 
The Canary Islands have seven islands, so the plan is to do seven Ironman (IM) distance challenges in seven consecutive days on each island. Every day for a week, I’ll swim 3.8km, ride 180km and run a marathon – 42km. In total, I’ll have swum 26.6km, cycled 1,260km and run 294km.

Josef Ajram performs during the Red Bull 7 Islands at Islas Canarias, Spain on May 14th, 2012<br />HIs attempt to complete seven iron man events in seven days on seven different Canary Islands came unstuck on day two after an unexpected heat wave with up to 38C led to a severe case of heatstroke.<br />Josef Ajram is still determined to try again and conquer this challenge.
Josef Ajram’s first attempt at the 7 Islands. © Gines Diaz/Red Bull Content Pool

Sounds crazy. Why?
I first had the idea when I finished the EPIC5, which involved doing 5 IM distance challenges, in five days, on each of the five Hawaiian islands. Red Bull 7 Islands takes that to another level.

Which extreme endurance race are you most proud of?
All of them are very special for me, but I think Marathon Des Sables [a 250km stage run across the Sahara] changed my life in a way that it made me think about what’s most important – to be happy and spend time with my family. Being in the middle of the desert with nothing but a small backpack…that’s when you’re able to understand that we don’t need material things in order to be happy.

Read the rest of the article on Red Bull Adventure.

Tobias Mews

Adventure Sports Journalist, Filmmaker and Athlete