For those of you looking for the adventure of a lifetime, check this out: http://www.nomadicexperience.com/assets/trips/running/SENE%20Stage%20Run%202011.pdf
Tanzanian ultra-runner, Simon Mtuy, is organizing a staged trail run around the perimeter of Mount Kilimanjaro in October. The course will be (roughly) 185 miles, over 8 days, and will traverse the perimeter of Mount Kilimanjaro at approximately 6,000 above sea level. And yes, there are LOTS of hills. Cristina and I had the privilege of scouting the course with Simon and Tim Leibach (who works with Simon) this past October. It was absolutely amazing. You can check out a brief (4 minute) clip of our adventure here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wVN_zEPLiw
In addition to being a world class athlete, Simon also owns and operates Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience (adventure packages), and has summited Kilimanjaro over 300 times. He also holds the world record for the fastest unassisted ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) in 6 hours up, and 2 hours 27 minutes down. Simon and I have been close friends for about 7 years, and I can say that he is one of the friendliest, most outgoing and interesting individuals that you will ever meet. I know that some other HURT runners have met Simon at Western States and I’m sure all will agree that Simon is an awesome guy. Space is extremely limited. Last time I spoke to Simon he said that it may be a maximum of 18 people. If your schedule (and credit card) permits it, my suggestion is to go for a month. Do the stage run, then climb Kili, then go for an animal safari at Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti for 5 days, and finish the trip off with a few days in Zanzibar. Simon can actually set all this up for you in advance. You won’t regret it. I promise!