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[1. day of travel to my fathers funeral before returning to the route again]. Lima, Peru.
After a very memorable celebration of my 40y. birthday at Lake Titicaca up in the Andes Mountains I began the travel back to denmark to attend my fathers funeral. He died 3 days before my birthday and was a big part of my running through all those years and decades.. So, obviously, while I am very eager to continue the run immideately it would not be right to do so before I have showed him - and the family, the proper respect. The world runs is a big part of my life and identity and I enjoy them as a huge gift that still finds me often wondering why I was/am able to do them :-) But, family and good friends, and the respect which I enjoy towards them weights far more to me than a few days or dollars more or less in the run.
It will take a few days to complete the travel since its no that easy to get from the remote Southern corner of Peru to Europe and Scandinavia. Once at home I have 5 days to meet with family, have a talk w. my good financial sponsor Ecco reg. how to solve the packet logistics when things gets 'lost' in the customs of South America.
But ofcourse the running doesnt rest eighter. Today I had the joy of an unusual way of running for me who are passionately a "nature runner": a fast paced runningsession on the airport hotel's treadmill (ok, a very dubious joy - I very fast remembered why it is that I Love to run through forrests, deserts, along highways, through cities and all other landscapes of the world: because of the freedom and intense contact with nature and our earth. I cant say there was a huge lot of that during this session - but instead I could watch the news on the flatscreen tv meanwhile. Not a big fan of that side of the multimedia-era eighter 'to be somewhere else than where you are' - I enjoy when the people I meet are occupied with where they are at that exact moment in time; gives a unique presence and intensity in the contact :-)
But, besides these digressions about the nature of the multimedia-society which I also find has many good sides; for one it wouldnt be possible to share my run without its technology or to keep contact with far-away friends on other continents - then ofcourse its not possible to be inactive with the running for this long while I wait to return to the route:
Together with a colleague among the danish ultra- and multiday runners, M.-B., I am organizing a marathon the 9. July. Anyone who is able to attend are more than welcome !!
The start is at 15:00pm., 9. July at "Furesøbad" in my old hometown
Farum. The entry-fee is 0kr. The route is gps-measured by my co-organizor and will be 42,2km. Its 2 laps around Lake Furesoen, which is one of my favorite routes throughout the years. Its a "social marathon" in the way that all participants run together. To find a pace where most can keep up and without totally cramping' the faster runners the pace is set at 5:30-6:00min./km. The lake is denmarks deepest lake and was created by the melting water of the latest iceage, 10-12 000years ago when the up to 1km high icecape stopped advancing and started to melt at the location where the lake is now.
By the way it was also the place where my father and I started to run in the mornings nearly 30years ago, so in its way its also a marathon in his memory - but most of all its a chance to meet some of the long distance runners at home before I 2 days later head back to the Pan American Highway, bound for Canada in hopefully one year of running.
My excellent webmaster, mr. Kasper Vibe-Leonhardt, has overnight made a website for the new marathon that worldrun organize while I am home:
There is basic information on the run, the route layout and participant list. It is in danish language, but if you look at the top of the page you can see a display of pictures from the route - that is where I grew up by the way :-) And if it wasnt that I am going on a very brief visit home, then I think it would have been too hard seeing them - we all belong somewhere afterall and long for at place when we are abroad for longer stints'...
NB: For more info on the run and to sign up please email to jesperkennolsen [@] hotmail.com