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From the sofa to the Sahara

October 18th, 2012

From the sofa as a 100kg couch potato in July 2011 to the Sahara next week (Oct ’12) I’ll be the only Aussie ultra-runner who will be featured on Japanese ‘No. 1 on Earth’ TV production, the heat is on! I’m headed for Egypt next Tuesday to run the 250km Sahara Race to raise vital funds for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

In just over 12 months, tI have tried to transform myself from a 100kg tub puffing through a 400m run in July 2011, to a fit competitor with 6 marathons under my belt this year (including 3 in 3 days!), ready to tackle my ultimate test of endurance in the hottest desert in the world for autism.

I started my personal challenge, Odyssey 4 Autism, because I want to do as much as I can to enable Aspect to continue the wonderful work they are doing for the education and care of people with autism. It’s a cause close to my heart as my son, James, was officially diagnosed with autism at the age of four.

Japanese broadcasting company, NHK, is set to screen Steven’s profoundly rapid journey from sofa to Sahara as a special two-part presentation in the New Year to an expected Japanese audience of 20 million.

I was so overwhelmed and delighted to be selected as one of three feature athletes for such a big production. The film crew has been filming my training at St. Kilda beach, race preparation, the Melbourne Marathon run and recovery time spent with my kids. There will also be a specially trained cameraman with me throughout the entire 250km Sahara race and a film crew at various vantage points along the course.

The gruelling 250km Sahara Race is part of the 4 Deserts Series ranked in the Top 10 Endurance Competitions of the world by Time magazine. With temperatures reaching up to 50°C, I will be self-supported, wearing a heavy backpack over the seven days as he runs toward the finish line at the Pyramids of Giza.

So far I’ve raised nearly $4, 0000 and is encouraging people to donate to help him reach his Odyssey 4 Autism goal of raising $25, 000 for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

Next year the goals are bigger…I’m doing the 1000km ride for the Kids Foundation and backing up 3 days later with my first Ironman…and I can’t wait!!!

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