My first race as an adult was the OC Half Marathon back in 2006. I was running it with my oldest daughter, Lauren. We had trained together all summer, even running a 12 miler so that we would be ready for the “real thing”. During the event at mile marker 11, there was a split in the course: If you were running the half marathon (13.1 miles), the sign indicated to turn left. If you are running the full marathon (26.2 miles), the sign indicated to turn right. I did the math. Let’s see… carry the two… right! I blurted out “Lauren, if we were running the full marathon, we would still have 15.2 miles to go!” Both Lauren and I laughed out loud and then, at the same time, said: “That’s INSANE!” It challenge might as well have been to run across the USA. We were both in so much pain, even walking another 15 miles seemed impossible!
One of the ideas that my wife, Sandy and I considered even before we left for Trekking the Planet was to create a charity ultramarathon across the USA. When I originally approached Kara Lubin, founder of the 100 Mile Club® about the idea, she got really excited and agreed to bring the issue before the
Darren Van Soye and his wife Sandy recently completed an epic, 424-day around-the-world journey that they called Trekking the Planet. During the journey, this road warrior traveled over 77,000 miles through 53 countries on all six of the populated continents. The longest that they spent in any one place was six days – and this only occurred once on the entire trip. Altogether, they stayed in 113 different hotel rooms and transacted in over 40 different currencies. Some of the destinations were totally off the grid such as the Mustang Region of Nepal, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, above the arctic circle in Lapland, the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia and the 1,200 miles up the Amazon in Brazil. The couple stayed in touch to the 850 classrooms that followed their adventures using a variety of means. In this brief interview, you will learn some of the road warrior tips and tricks that Darren used to stay connected.