Run Rabbit, Run – An American Unogwaja’s Story

Run, rabbit run. Dig that hole, forget the sun. When at last your work is done, don’t sit down, it’s time to dig another one

Feature Photo Credit: Chris Adams

On May 25, 2017 the next group of Unogwaja will hit the road on an adventure of which they don’t even understand the depth… yet. They are a group of 11 from South Africa, Brazil, India, and Germany. They are men and women, cyclists, runners, adventurers. Soon, and forever after, they will be Unogwajas.

With the 2017 challenge approaching, I wanted to get a glimpse into the reality of this program. As a new runner, and someone who never learned how to ride a bike, I know I will never truly understand the physical demands of this 11 day process, but I’m not really looking to. I’m looking to understand the emotional, the mental, and the philosophical beating and euphoria that comes with an experience of this magnitude. Thankfully, I can go directly to the source.

In May 2016, we said a temporary farewell to my friend, Chris Adams, as he set off to become the first American Unogwaja. A quiet man by nature, Chris has kept much of his Unogwaja experience close to the chest. A year later, he is ready to share his experience.

Join me over the next few weeks as we get a peek inside this amazing journey, and the life-changing work accomplished thanks to funds raised by the Unogwaja team.

Unogwaja run

Chris, to the right, always the Texan.

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