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.
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.