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Alex Flynn Prepares To Take On The Ultimate Mountain Ultra In His Campaign To Run 10 Million Meters By 2014

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AdveAlex Flynn Prepares To Take On The Ultimate Mountain Ultra In His Campaign To Run 10 Million Meters By 2014.

Adventurer, endurance athlete, and relentless fundraiser, Alex Flynn, is set to take on one of his toughest challenges to date, the Beyond the Ultimate, Mountain Ultra on 2nd August 2013, in his bid to run, cycle, swim, climb, kayak or crawl 10 Million Meters by early 2014.

After being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in 2008, Alex has dedicated his life to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease. He has made it his mission to cumulatively run 10 Million Metres by 2014, and raise over £1 million for both the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

The Beyond the Ultimate, Mountain Ultra, a 220km multi-stage event over the infamous Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA, is the world’s first and only self-sufficient multi-stage mountain ultra, starting in the picturesque town of Crested Butte.

The race takes a wild and rugged tour of some of the wildest and most remote regions in Colorado, all the way through Aspen and finishing in Snowmass. Participants will take part at over 9000ft, rising to 13000ft, and is deemed the toughest of the Beyond the Ultimate Ultras Series. Runners are self-sufficient, carrying their own provisions such as food, water, clothing and sleeping arrangements.

Ahead of the race, father of three Alex, aged 41, comments: “As I start to edge nearer that 10 Million Meters mark, every step I take in each race is a real milestone in what I set out to achieve with this challenge. It has by no means been an easy ride to get to where I am today, as I battle gruelling training schedules alongside the day-to-day effects of a relentless and unforgiving disease.

“10 Million Meters has become my life, and I have currently run 9,386,315 metres in competitive racing, which means I’m around 94% of the way there! My aim is make the Dubai Marathon in January 2014 the race where I hit that special milestone. However, I still have a lot of hard work ahead to make that happen, starting with the Beyond the Ultimate Mountain Ultra.

“World wide there are over 7 million people with this disease, more than 120,000 people have Parkinson’s in the UK, with 10,000 diagnosed each year, many are under the age of 40 (the youngest was 10 years old), and there is currently no cure. I am sure that, within my lifetime, we will find a cure or treatments, which will change the lives of millions around the world. So while I am able, I am going to run, walk, climb and do anything else in my power to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and funds to facilitate the much needed research.”

For more information on Alex and 10 Million Metres you can visit To support him in his mission, you can donate at You can also check out his progress by following him on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.


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