June 20 2012  |  People

Edrington Group’s Ryan Hill runs 250 km for charity

By Ryan White

“The Gobi March will test both my mental and physical endurance and satisfy my thirst for adventure—for the moment—and at the same time raise money for a fantastic cause.” Ryan Hill, Regional Director Asia Travel Retail, The Edrington Group

Ryan Hill, Regional Director Asia Travel Retail at The Edrington Group, has set off on a grueling 250 km race across hostile desert terrain this month to raise funds for the duty free and travel retail industry’s own charity Hand in Hand for Haiti.

Hill is competing in The Gobi March 250 km Race, which lasted seven days from June 10 to 16 in Kashgar, Xinjiang Province in the far west of China close to the Kyrgyzstan border. The Gobi March is part of the 4Deserts Challenge, which also includes races across the Sahara, the Atacama and the Antarctic, each attracting around 150 competitors from around the world.

Hill completed the Sahara 250 km Race in Egypt last October and raised the huge sum of US$55,000 for the Sunrise Children's Association Inc's projects in Nepal. He plans to attempt the Atacama race in March 2013.

The races are self-supported, which means carrying all your own equipment including water in a backpack weighting up to 12 kg. The organizers provide only tents, water supplies and emergency medical support.

Seven kilometers of the epic 250 km run is being counted as part of the “Trinity Tryathletes” team effort in the second Moodie Marathon in aid of Hand in Hand for Haiti. His team mates will each complete 7 km and between them raise thousands of dollars for the cause.

Hill’s personal fundraising target for the event is US$50,000. To donate to this amazing effort before, during or after the run, please click here.

“It has been my personal goal for several years to compete in the 4Deserts Challenge ever since I heard about the races when I was living in Shanghai,” said Hill before the race. “The Gobi March will test both my mental and physical endurance and satisfy my thirst for adventure—for the moment—and at the same time raise money for a fantastic cause.”

The Edrington Group will support the run with sponsorship.

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