#64 - Impossible2Possible with Ray Zahab
This weeks episode features Ray Zahab who is a Canadian Adventurer, ultra-distance runner, and Founder of the non-profit impossible2Possible. A recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada, Ray is an Explorer in Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2015 Canadian Geographic recognized Ray as one of Canada’s Top Explorers. He’s run 14,000+km across the world’s deserts and completed multiple unsupported expeditions in some of the coldest places on the planet. Of note on November 1, 2006, the former “pack a day smoker” turned ultra-runner and two friends, Charlie Engle and Kevin Lin, set out on an expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. 111 days and 7,500 km after leaving the coast of Senegal, Africa they completed their journey by stepping into the Red Sea. National Geographic tracked the expedition by web, as well as the documentary film ‘Running the Sahara’, produced by Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, was created in an effort to raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa. In 2008, Ray founded impossible2Possible an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, inclusion, and participation in expeditions. This one's a keeper!