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28 march - 2 April

When will Mina run
this river?

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Amazon River, Brazil

Where is the river?

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SDG 6.6

Which Global Goal 6 subgoal will she focus on?

#run4water

6 marathons

How far will mina run
on this leg?

 

 

- the biggest river by volume of water it carries -

 

 

Key FACTS

Brazil holds an astonishing 12% of the world's fresh water.
It's often referred to as the
'Saudi Arabia of Water'.

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The total discharge by Amazon River alone is greater than the total discharge of 7 next largest rivers of world taken together.
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As many as 20 million people depend on the Amazon for clean drinking water, transportation along its network of rivers, subsistence and commercial fisheries, and water for agriculture.
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Day 7 | 28 March | 326 km done | 1,362km to go

Despite Brazil’s vast fresh-water resources, Sao Paulo ran out of water in 2015. The city was dry for 5 days. 

I have come to Brazil to find out how this could possibly have happened.
 

 
After spending a day running in Sao Paulo’s favelas and speaking to the locals (and squeezing in a game of street soccer with the school kids) it appears that the problem is more complicated than just a simple mismatch between the supply and demand. So, I’m heading upstream to the heart of the Amazon to find answers.
Mina Guli, #RUn4Water

Day 8 | 29 March | 380 km done | 1,308km to go

Mina GUli #Run4Water
My first sight of one of the world’s most precious water resources - the mighty Amazon River with its iconic serpentine shape.
 

 
 
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Join me on the Amazon River - our boat has just stopped at the point where the black and brown rivers meet. It’s a sight to behold...!💦🇧🇷
 
Heavy rains and windchill made for an adventurous boat ride. 

Heavy rains and windchill made for an adventurous boat ride. 

 

 

The 'Meeting of the Waters'. 

Mina Guli #Run4Water

Day 9 | 30 March | 430 km done | 1,258km to go

The lungs of the world.
— Antonio Donato Nobre
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Running in the sweltering jungle with its choking humidity and thick, heavy air, sapped all my energy. Since I started running at 5am, my body has been pouring with sweat in an effort to stay cool. Despite the heat, I've had to keep my jacket on as a repellent to the relentless mosquitos. 
 

 

 

 

Challenges aside, it's been incredible seeing just how little sunlight makes it through the dense canopy of trees and foliage covering the rainforest. In some places down on the ground it’s nearly completely dark. The locals here said that when it starts raining, it takes a couple of minutes before you even get wet!  #Run4Water

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Day 10 | 31 March | 480 km done | 1,208km to go

The Amazon Rainforest is estimated to be home to 600 billion trees and has rightfully earned the title as ‘The Lung of the World’.

What is not commonly known, is that these trees breathe continually, and whilst doing so, bring water up through their roots. The trees then release this water into the atmosphere in the form of vapor. This process is called Transpiration. Similarly to when you breathe, you have water vapor in your breath. An average forest tree will release an astonishing 1000 liters of water vapor into the atmosphere every day!
About to climb this 40m tall tree.

About to climb this 40m tall tree.

Ascending...!

Ascending...!

Speaking to Dr. Bruce Forsberg.

Speaking to Dr. Bruce Forsberg.

 

 
So what about this vapor? Well, it forms about half of the clouds (and rain) in the eastern part of the Amazon Rainforest and 100% in the west. Think of it as a ‘river’ of water vapor that flows across the top of the Amazon from east to the west. Hence the name, The Flying River.
Now, when the Flying River gets to the western side of the Amazon, the winds changes its course towards Southern Brazil (Paraná and Sao Paulo), which are the main agricultural regions in Brazil. Normally, these regions would be arid at this latitude. However, as a result of the Flying River these regions currently receive enough water to sustain agriculture and city reservoirs.
 

 
The Flying River
Mina Guli, #Run4Water
So, despite the enormity of the raging Amazon river, it is the trees who stand in silence beside the river that really do the bulk of the work in this water system.

Day 11 | 1 april | 530 km done | 1,208km to go

Another kilometer, another mud-scraping stop. 😅

Running in the Amazon, I expected the heat, humidity, rain, and thick undergrowth to slow me down. But, having 1kg of mud cling to each shoe and turning my run into a slippery slide is not what I expected.
 

 
“Pushing your body past what you thought it was capable of is easy; the hard part is pushing yourself even further”
— R. Pearce

6 Days in 60 Seconds

This is what running 317km along the Amazon River was like