We've known Lucja Leonard (@runningdutchie) and her hubby Dion (@findinggobi) for a few years now - you'll often spot a picture of Lucja in her pink eGlove Sport being shared or posted by us on Twitter or Instagram! They have always been really supporting of eGlove, and as a small business we are always grateful for that...
We've loved seeing their running journey together as the trials seem to get tougher and tougher, and yep, we've shed a few tears over the Finding Gobi story and book... We actually would steal Gobi given half a chance if truth be told!! If you haven't heard the story - go grab the book at www.findinggobi.com
So when a message popped up from them asking for support for Dion's latest challenge the answer was "Yes, Yes, Yes" before we'd actually read the details!!
Now, having read them, we are gobsmacked.
Dion is running the Triple Crown of 3 x 200 mile non stop races in the USA! Yep, you read that right - not one, but THREE 200 mile races!!!! The first race is the Bigfoot 200 mile race in the Cascade Mountains in August. The second is the Lake Tahoe 200 mile race in September and the third is the Moab 240 mile race in October.
Dion has never run this distance in one go, so there are a lot of unknowns - Can he run 640 miles in less than 10 weeks with little recovery time? Can his body and mind cope with a distance?
Wait, why I am I trying to describe it? Hear from Dion himself...
As you will see, he's doing it to raise money for the Little Adoption Shop Shelter in Beijing and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home which he and Gobi are both proud to be associated with and support. Please support if you can, just click the picture below! We want to help too - so for the duration of the challenge, if you use the code DION10 when you checkout, you get 10% discount, and we'll donate £1.00 - everyone's a winner... just head to www.eglove.co.uk
So, in his kit he'll have his eGlove Run gloves and eGlove Ultra Run Gloves. We're thrilled.
Good luck Dion! Look after him Lucja! Oh, and if you need anyone to look after Gobi.... ;-)
Bio: Dion Leonard is a Australian/British Ultra Runner who started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world, in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes, including two times at the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert. Dion has also run South Africa’s 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race 3 times (winning it in 2017), MDS Peru 250km in the Ica Desert, Hawaii’s infamous HURT 100 and Cambodia 220km.
In 2016 Dion was running a 250km race across the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 125km. The unlikely pair formed an unbreakable bond and Dion made Gobi a promise to bring her home, but their journey would become an emotional rollercoaster ride as Gobi would go missing in a city in Northwestern China. Their unbelievable true story became a worldwide sensation and international bestselling book with a movie now in the works.