The Munga - Slightly off the Beaten Track
- By: Mark Harris
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/the-munga-slightly-off-the-beaten-track
I have started this fundraising campaign for the guys at Ark Animal Centre who do amazing work with the limited resources they have in rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing of puppies, pregnant moms and small breed dogs.
To give you a bit of background info as to why ive chosen them - Last year I worked on an Endurance Mountain Bike Race called The Munga (www.themunga.com). The Munga is semi-supported & non-stop from Bloemfontein to Cape Town (just over 1000km's) which must be completed within a 5 day cut off period (120 hours) - sleep deprivation, head winds virtually the entire race, corrugations, loose sand and the most challenging heat wave in the Karoo saw temperatures soaring to 47 degrees last year.
Working the race route made me think about whether or not I would ever be tough enough to compete in a race like The Munga - It truly is a race like no other and covers some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain across South Africa.
My personal goal is to complete The Munga within the 5-day cut off period. I am not a professional athlete, however I have never felt more determined and focused to complete something on this scale. After much soul searching at the beginning of this year, I dusted the cob webs off my Mountain Bike and started training for the second edition of this race - which takes place on 30 November 2016.
I have a passion for dogs and hate seeing them in any sort of distress - doing long distance mountain biking you come across a lot of stray dogs out in the middle of nowhere, or even dogs that belong to families out in rural areas that are really badly neglected.
I would love to raise R20,000 for them and need your help in one of the following ways to achieve this goal:
1 ) Make a donation of any amount towards my crazy journey (select Credit Card / Debit Card / PayPal for this option)
2 ) Pledge to donate per KM that I complete during the Munga 2016 (select EFT for this option and where it asks to "Please enter a short message", state the amount per KM that you wish to pledge here)
Please share this page and message with as many people as possible and let's try and raise a little bit of money that will go a long way in a helping many dogs lives.