We were given a MISSION and chose to accept it. The MISSION is to bring awareness around the world that a person's age or physical imperfection does not determine what they can accomplish. Older people, people with disabilities, and even people with life-threatening diseases can and do share the same active lifestyle that society has believed to be limited to the young. Don Fallis 65, from Hawaii, a type 2 diabetic, will be competing in the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon, in Death Valley, in July when the temperature reaches 120-130 degrees. The runners travel entirely on foot, basically uninterrupted, in order to complete the distance in the allotted 60 hours. Since the race supplies no aid, Don will be joined by 6 tough, experienced athletes, who will make up the Mission Possible Force (MPF) Team. With an average age of 63, they will alternate between pacing Don on foot and crewing from support vans. Pacing and crewing this particular race is quite an accomplishment in itself, for, in addition to the heat and the distance, the race starts at the lowest point in the U.S. at -282 ft. at Badwater, and crosses two mountain ranges, finishing at the portals of Mt. Whitney at 8,360 ft. elevation. The field of 90 invited entrants, from 15 countries, includes some of the top endurance athletes in the world. The goal will be to finish.
One of the main reasons that this particular race was chosen, is that this race also has a mission. They use this event to bring aid and awareness to that very special group of people known as challenged athletes. These are athletes that despite incredible odds continue to show us the real meaning of the triumph of the human spirit. Part of our goal in this endeavor is to help raise money for this worthy cause and if you would like to join us with your support for the Challenged Athlete Foundation, please click on the link provided at the upper left of this page. We invite you to look around this site to learn more about Don's adventure and encourage you to go out and challenge yourself as well. Click here to read a good article about the Badwater race. Aloha !