Have you tried going up and down the Torch Doha 1590 times? Or the Eiffel tower 1473 times from bottom to tip? What are we saying right? Who would do that? That’s equivalent to 477 kilometers covered distance.
We say one man did it! Went for a run of his life around the country, the “Run Around Qatar”!
Pierre Daniel, originally from France who works as Brand & Marketing Lead for Aspire Zone Foundation attempted and succeeded to what seems impossible to others. Running around the whole country in just one week and unassisted. Going to some unknown places, rediscovering Qatar and its beauty, facing harsh environment and extreme conditions during the run.
Here is a small chat we had after he successfully conquered the challenge. Pierre himself will walk you through the epic experience he had running around Qatar.
-As the run started, what were the challenges you faced in the middle of it?
Well you guys at XTORK were the first witnesses to demise. You were here with me when I faced my first obstacle. Day 01 and 02 already were brutal, and that was definitely not part of the plan.
Day 01 was very hot and it took a toll on me. I finished more than 4 hours behind schedule that day.
Day 02 was bringing another surprise. Our lovely Qatari headwind. People practicing running or cycling in Qatar know this headwind too well. It’s great for training but suddenly not as great when you’re trying to run around the country. I had to run almost 60 km with a headwind that day. When the wind finally dropped, I was drained and I couldn’t run at all at this moment. I had to finish the day walking, which took much more time. Because of that I could only have 1 hour of sleep before restarting on Day 03. Every day was bringing a different challenge. In the end I didn’t have one easy day at all and it has been brutal from the beginning to the end.
-How did you coped up with these challenges?
I believe that success comes from a few different factors. Dedication & Self Discipline. Preparedness & Adaptation. Once you’ve set yourself a goal you have to prepare for it. However, things will go wrong. It always does. Your ability to adapt and find a solution and the strength to carry on no matter what may eventually lead to success. In the most difficult moments of the Run Around Qatar, there are a few times when I doubted whether I would succeed or not. But I never doubted whether I would carry on or not. If I would have failed, I would have failed trying as hard as I could.
-Can you share to us some fulfilling moments you’ve encountered during the run? Moments that made you happy you did the run.
The Run around Qatar has really been an incredible journey. I was rewarded so often with some breathtaking landscapes. But beyond this, I was blessed with an even more beautiful gift. The people. The way people interacted with me, supporting me during the challenge. The way they seemed to really enjoy following the adventure. The way they are still following me and asking for more adventures. That is for sure the best thing that came out of the challenge.