A British-born ultramarathon runner on Wednesday started his quest to run the length of Israel — a distance of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) — in 12 days, in a feat dedicated to raising awareness about nature and wildlife preservation.
Richard Bowles will run along the Israel Trail, a hiking path that reaches from the country’s southernmost city of Eilat to the Upper Galilee in the north.
He left Eilat Wednesday morning and, at a planned pace of 84 kilometers per day, hopes to arrive at Kibbutz Dan, near the Lebanese border, toward the end of the month.
Sponsored by The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Source shoe company, Bowles will run past some of the country’s historic sites, as well as through the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
The 35-year-old athlete was born in Leicester and moved to Australia, where he lives and trains year-round.
In 2012 he ran more than 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles), including both a cross-Australia route — he was the first person to run the entire trail — and a 65-day race through New Zealand.