August 14-23, 2021
1,000 MILES TO LIGHT
Team USA vs Team AUS
10 DAYS
1,000 MILES
Running Across Australia
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Dean Karnazes

Samantha Pruitt

Shan Riggs

Katie Visco

This event is an ultra-endurance footrace done relay-style. Two international co-ed teams, TEAM USA and TEAM AUSTRALIA, will come together in the name of hope, resiliency, and unity. Each team will run 1,000 total miles, from the red dirt outback to the clear blue ocean, in just ten days. Runners take turns running all day until they reach 100 miles per day, then eat and sleep with The Australian Army, only to rise at dawn and start all over again. If a runner drops out, their teammates will need to make up their miles and stay on track for the 10 day limit 1,000 mile finish line.

1000 Miles to Light is both physical and symbolic. In 2020 our world changed forever, and the mental challenges of social distancing, self-isolation, and safety lockdowns were tough for all. Endurance runners are united in their drive to build both physical and mental health through their sport, especially when life gets dark. Eight unique runners will come together to challenge themselves, each other, and the world to use running as a tool to heal.

The 1,000-mile finish culmination at the Byron Bay Lighthouse – the most western point in Australia – represents our two nations emerging together from the darkness created by the global pandemic. Our hope is to be a beacon of light for others who are struggling still, knowing that we each hold an inner light of possibility.

Others can join them virtually, follow or donate to Reach Out Australia, a mental health service providing support for individuals under 25 experiencing mental health.
Learn More, Register, or Donate:
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Benefitting:

Australia’s leading online mental health organization for young people and their parents.

TEAM USA

Dean Karnazes

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Samantha Pruitt

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Shan Riggs

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Katie Visco

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Meet Dean Karnazes:

Dean Karnazes

Team USA

One of TIME magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’, Dean Karnazes has run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. A world-renowned ultramarathoner, he has traveled to all seven continents twice. Dean is the recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award and a NY Times bestselling author. His latest book is titled “A Runner’s High”.

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Meet Samantha Pruitt:

Samantha Pruitt

Team USA

Samantha has dedicated her last 20 years inspiring and coaching others to use endurance sports, outdoor adventure, and human connection as powerful tools for change in their lives.

After a mental and physical health crisis, Sam transformed her own life at age of 30 to become an Ironwoman, Ultra Endurance Runner, and Adventure Athlete, finishing hundreds of races from 5 to 150 miles.

As a business and community leader, Endurance Town USA Podcast Host, professional Event Director, and Life-Business Coach, Sam is HIGHLY motivated to connect humans with endurance sports, the outdoors, and ultimately their own best selves.

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Meet Shan Riggs:

Shan Riggs

Team USA

Shan Riggs: Shan is a 42-year-old ultramarathon runner and sports sponsorship marketing professional. He has completed 45 ultramarathon races — winning several. During the pandemic in 2020 Shan ran across the entire United States, averaging 40 miles a day and raised over $45,000 for Foodshare, doing his own unique part to support the Feeding America program. 

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Meet Katie Visco:

Katie Visco

Team USA

An accomplished female adventurer, at age 23, Katie was the youngest woman to run solo across America. Her mission was to inspire others to follow their passions, and she spoke with more than 200 audiences along the way while also raising funds for Girls on the Run organization.

No stranger to Australia, in 2019, Katie ran across the brutal continent with only her husband on a bicycle for support to show the importance of living your dreams and being able to do hard things. Katie and her husband produced a film Twenty-One Twelve: A Human Powered Adventure Across Australia, which debuts July 9th, 2021 on Vimeo and across Australia and New Zealand in the RunNation Film Festival this August.

Ultimately, Katie’s adventures are an invitation to be brave and take action on the things you feel most deeply called to do. Katie also has 10+ years of experience as a coach, community-builder, and entrepreneur.

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