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During a training run in the Rockefeller Park

October 30, 2014 Update

Please join me to pay tribute to those affected by cancer. Together, let's commemorate the lives of those who left us too soon and of those who are currently undergoing treatment and are determine to be cancer free soon!

I am inviting you to join me for all or part of the 120 mile run across the Long Island or to please support my effort by donating funds to either of two organizations deeply involved with helping those who are battling this horrible disease.

Donations for this annual 120-mile fundraising run across Long Island can be made to two not-for-profit cancer organizations. One is mostly dedicated to breast cancer and the other to all types of cancer under the wings of Gildas Club.

I would love to encourage you to think about someone who is or was affected by cancer and to pay tribute this person by making a donation to help eradicate this illness.

During this years run, I am personal paying tribute to my friends who succumbed to cancer in the past year: Ojars Stickis (a great long distance runner), Stan Friendlander (a great long distance runner), and Anne Cedrone, a great friend. To make a donation to the Long Island 2 Day Walk organization, please click here: www.LI2daywalk.org and click on icon indicating my run To make a donation to the Gildas Club, please click here: http://gildasclubwestchester.org/news-events/special-events/ and click on icon indicating my run

We all know that we cannot take the pain away from others, but we can help by donating funds to support patient treatment activities and to speed the process to finding a cure.
Please join me and together we can make the difference. We can each add our brick to building a cancer-free world. But we need to make a joint effort and fight these illnesses by donating funds to the organizations that collaborate with scientists and patients to try to eradicate cancer.

About my run: I will start my run on November 15th from Montauk Point at 9:00 a.m, proceed along Route 27A, and finish on November 16that the North Moore Community Park in Queens. [Please contact me directly at sahararunner@yahoo.com if you would like to run with me for the entire 120 miles or for any portion of this run.]
Thank you so much for your support and contribution. Flyer 2014

May 25, 2013 - update

Thank you all for supporting my 6th Annual Run across Long Island to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. This run was in memory of a colleague who succumbed to this devastating disease last year. If you wish to read more about my 120-mile run across Long Island, please click on ‘Stories from Long Island’ on the left side of this page below ‘By Alicja:

April 15, 2013 update

My 6th run across Long Island will start May 4th, 2013 at North Woodmere Park in Hewlett and end sometime around noon on May 5th at Mountok Point. This is a 120-mile non-stop run (no sleep), almost the distance of 4 marathons run back-to-back!

As most of you know, this run is dedicated to breast cancer patients and their families. My efforts are to raise funds not only for research, but also for the necessary support that breast cancer patients need.

This is my appeal to you to support my efforts to help those who suffer from breast cancer. No donation is too small or too big. 100% of all donations will go to the Long Island Breast Cancer 2 Day Walk non-profit organization.

Together we can help to those who need our support and together we can win the battle against breast cancer! Let’s keep focus, let’s keep optimism, together let’s fight to win this battle!

Please donate by opening this link: https://www.li2daywalk.org/donor_info.asp?MEMBERID=13488

This year’s run is especially inspiring to me because I recently lost a co-worker to breast cancer. I am dedicating this run in her name. If you would like to dedicate this run to someone you know who is, or was, afflicted with breast cancer, please send me their name. I will have all names submitted to me written on my t-shirt; just knowing that I am running to help these people and their families will help to keep me focused and motivated while I run.

This is the run that I had to cancel last year due to a fracture in my foot. Now, it seems my foot has finally healed, and I hope it will not break into a hundred the pieces during the 120 miles of pounding on sidewalks and asphalt roads. Please keep your fingers crossed, as well.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please write to me at: sahararunner@yahoo.com

January 31, 2013 update

Winter Blast!!!! Are you having the winter blues? If so, please join me for some February Winter Blast Runs at Rockefeller State Preserve. You can run with me every Saturday for 10, 20, or 30 miles. The distance is up to you. Easy pace, but not slower than 12min/mile. Bring your drinks/snacks. We will start at 9:00 am sharp at the Pocantico Fire Station. Please let me know if you’ll be joining by emailing: sahararunner@yahoo.com. Let’s have some fun runs on these gloomy winter days!

November 16, 2012 - update

here are times in our lives when we struggle with decisions and I am facing such a time now. With great sadness and a hole in my heart, I am canceling my annual run across Long Island this year. Super hurricane Sandy has caused extraordinary damage to Long Island and the New York area and I feel that my annual run would be a distraction to the ongoing, generous fundraising for "Sandy" victims. I prefer doing my run at a time when I can provide a greater benefit for my cause. I have struggled a great deal with this decision; I had discussions with the LI breast cancer organization and many of my friends. I want everyone to know that I am not abandoning those who suffer from breast cancer. I will be back next year. Right now I am focusing my energy on volunteering to help those affected by the hurricane get back to their normal lives. I know that many of you support breast cancer research through my run across Long Island. Please join me by continuing to make contributions directly to the LI2DW organization so they can have the funds necessary to help those who suffer from breast cancer. To donate please click: http://li2daywalk.org/10thanniversary.asp then click to make a general donation Thank you.

October 30, 2012 update

After spending 8 weeks on crutches and slowly starting to build up my running stamina, I hope I am ready to finish my postponed run across Long Island in memory of my co-worker Roberta Rivi and to do fundraising to fight the breast cancer. My run will take place the first weekend of December 2012 (Start 8am December 1, and finish sometime on December 2nd). Please stay tuned.

6 hr race, October 14, 2012

Updated: May 4, 2012

As per my doctor’s orders, I still need to use crutches, but I can slowly start eliminating them over the next two weeks. This means that by the 4th week of May, I should be crutches-free! After one week of walking, I can hopefully (slowly) beginning running, which brings me to beginning of June. However, I cannot jump to 50 miles/week. I will be like a beginner. Oh well, I have to be patient.

Updated 4/11/2012 Run Posponed

I regret to announce that I must postpone my breast cancer fundraising run across Long Island until end of summer/beginning of fall. I was recently diagnosed with a calcaneal stress fracture and my left foot must remain immobile for at least six weeks (mid of May). Hopefully after that time, I will be able to re-start training to complete my annual run for this great cause. However, the fundraising portion of my run is up and going and you may contribute anytime. To donate, please click on the link www.li2daywalk.org/donation.asp Thank you in advance for your understanding and especially for your donations.

Update 2/27/2012

Breast Cancer Charity 120-mile Solo Run

On Saturday, May 5th, I will start my 6th annual 120-mile non-stop run across Long Island. As you may know, this run is dedicated to breast cancer patients and their families. My efforts are to raise funds not only for research, but also for the necessary support that breast cancer patients need. I want to help my fellow women in their ordeal with the disease, to let them know that there are many other women and men who care about them and their families, and to let them know that they are not alone. Everything is possible if we really set our minds to it. One day this disease will be cured and eliminated from our daily vocabulary, only to be found in medical history books. However, before this can happen, we need to join efforts to support the research, support the patients, and support their families. One day we will succeed…let’s hope that this success will come SOON! This is my appeal to you to support my efforts to help those who suffer from breast cancer. No donation is too small or too big. 100 % of all donations will go to the Long Island Breast Cancer 2 Day Walk non-profit organization. To donate please click on this link: www.li2daywalk.org/alicja.asp About breast cancer and whole letter you find here http://www.sahararunner.com/charity120.doc

Update 4/25/2011

120 miles, non-stop run across Long Island - Fundraiser to fight the breast cancer http://www.li2daywalk.org/alicja2011.asp (when open the link, please look for an icon with my name in the right lower corner)
Q: When?
A: I will start running at 8:00 am on April 30, 2011.
Q: Where?
A: My 120-mile running route, which I have personally created, will start at North Woodmere Park (adjacent to JFK Airport) and end at Montauk Point. This will be my 5th annual run to raise awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer in support of breast cancer patients.
Q: Who can run?
A: Since this run across LI is close to many of you in the Tri-State Area, please consider joining me on any part of this run and participate in the fundraising. We all know someone who has suffered, is suffering, or may suffer from this illness. Lets help. Lets fight the C word together so one day this illness will no longer exist! Lets run together! If you are not a runner, you can donate not to run, but to support this cause.
The last six miles from Montauk to Montauk Point, I will have the company of high school students from Polish Schools across Long Island under support of Polish-American Sport Association.

It is not too late to donate and support the fight against breast cancer. Please donate any amount you can.

Donations can be made online by simply clicking this link http://www.li2daywalk.org/alicja2011.asp

Update 4/10/2011

I finished April 10th, 2011, Sunday at 3:50pm. with amazing company including members of the Inuvik Run Club, members of the community, media, and local RCMP. Other runners joined me at the 30 km mark for the final leg. It was truly an Arctic Challenge. I had at least three times where I questioned how I was going to make it. I almost became one with the ice road as I was battling the bitter conditions that I was faced with. The wind was high and it was below -40 when I was nearing Tuktoyaktuk. I got enormous encouragement and warm wishes from passer bys and especially the truckers who I shared the ice road with. On the way back I had two weak moments beween 70-90km into the run and again at the 48km before the finish. Running back was easier because I had constant support from the Inuvik Run Club members (vehicle following me and runners spending a lot of time running with me) and I didn't have to pull the sled. The last 30km I was accompanied with about 20 runners which helped me to locate within myself some extra energy to allow me to push through. At the end, at the entry into the town of Inuvik, it was an amazing entry with a convoy of vehicles, including local police and media, and all the runners, and their families. People were chanting "Alicja, Alicja" and I was chanting back "Inuvik, Inuvik." This run was about helping raise awareness and funds for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter and so far we have approximately $20,000 and counting. Thank you everyone for your incredible support and encouragement along the way. Thank you Inuvik Run Club and the community of Inuvik who embraced me as one of their own. When I leave tomorrow I will take part of Inuvik with me and this experience will remain in my heart. It's been a great journey and experience.

Photos


Arctic Challenge - Alicja in Tuk

Alicja arrived to Tuk at 7:20 PM, local time. She will rest tonight and then back to Inuvik.

Arctic Challenge - lastest news 4.7.2011

Alicja is about 30km south of Tuk now. I spent the better part of the night with her, throughout the darkness. She had a good appetite but reported feeling stomach sick. This has often been her challenge during runs. Her spirit was slightly affected but she continued on. She was averaging a little over 5km/hour.

Sgt. Calvin Roberts from the Tuk RCMP met with Alicja this morning and said she was doing well. He just left Inuvik to drive back to Tuk and will check on her again. Alicja should be arriving in Tuk around 7pm, which means 187km in 36 hours!! Cynthia Wicks check out the news from "Arctic Chellenge Team" http://arcticchallenge.blogspot.com for the news
Here's the link directly to the donate page (SHELTER)

Arctic Challenge - lastest news 4.6.2011

It is April 6, 6AM in Inuvik. Alicja starts her long trip. The Ice Road will never be the same.Lastest news at blogspot.com

The weather was not in our favor, with lots of blowing snow, but at least it wasn't too cold.

Lastest news 4.4.2011

Alicja goes for a short run on the Ice road to test the equipment.

Update (4/1/2011)

Well, the time for my Arctic Challenge has arrived! I am flying far north tomorrow 4/2/2011. I encourage you to read all my updates below and support my effort in raising money for what is likely the most northern-located shelter for homeless people (Inuvik Homeless Shelter). To donate please follow this link: Here's the link directly to the donate page using Pay Pal. The "Donate" button is at the bottom of the page or you can send a cheque to the Inuvik Homeless Shelter at P.O. Box 2530, Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0 or http://www.inuvikinteragency.com and click on the Inuvik Homeless Shelter (on left). 100% of all donations goes to the shelter (non-profit organization). I am not sure as to whether I'll be able to post updates while I am in Inuvik, but please keep checking the blog: http://arcticchallenge.blogspot.com/
Thank you ALL for your support.

"In helping others, you help yourself"


Update (3/18/2011) Alis Arctic Challenge

Less than 3 weeks left for my Arctic Challenge run. It's not easy to train for sub-zero temperatures when the birds are cheerfully singing 'spring, spring, spring is here. If you don't feel like scrolling down for more info about my Arctic Challenge run here are some key points: I will run close to 240 miles (near 400km) on the Ice Road (the frozen Mackenzie River, NWT, Canada). Starting in Inuvik, 120 miles (200km) north from the Arctic Circle, I will continue running to Tuktoyaktuk (shore of the Arctic Ocean) and back to Inuvik. There is no shelter and no place to hide between these two communities...just ice, snow, constant whiteness, flat terrain with out any marking points, sub-zero temperatures, and maybe even polar bears...I hope NOT! This is a fundraising run for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter that provides a protective place and meals for those in need. Can you imagine being homeless in -40F/C temperature?! Can you imagine being there running and pulling a sled in these sub-zero temperatures? If your answers are NO, please show your support by: Here's the link directly to the donate page. The "Donate" button is at the bottom of the page or you can send a cheque to the Inuvik Homeless Shelter at P.O. Box 2530, Inuvik, NT, Canada, X0E 0T0. 100% of all donations go to the shelter. If your answer is YES, please come and join me in the run on the Ice Road there. This fundraising run is for a serious matter and we should do everything to help these people who need protection from the environmental elements.

"We all benefit from being kind to each other."


Update (3/13/2011) - Ali's Arctic Challenge

Less than one month 'til the Arctic Challenge training on the sand (instead of snow!) in Sunken Meadow, Long Island, NY.

Please scroll down for more info on this exciting run!

Upcoming Runs:

Alis Arctic Challenge

- Fundraiser for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter Here's the link directly to the donate page using Pay Pal The "Donate" button is at the bottom of the page or you can send a cheque to the Inuvik Homeless Shelter at P.O. Box 2530, Inuvik, NT, Canada, X0E 0T0.
Q: When?
A: Starting on April 7th, 2011
Q: Where?
A: My run starts 120 miles (200km) north from the Arctic Circle in Inuvik, North West Territories of Canada.
Q: Why is it called Alis Arctic Challenge?
A: me, me, meit is initiated by me, it is my solo run, and for me it is an Arctic Challenge! Its a challenge that thrills me with wonder.
Q: What is the distance of this run?
A: It is at least 230 miles (400km) round-trip. From Inuvik (banks of Mackenzie River) non-stop to Tuktoyaktuk located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, here a little rest and back non-stop to Inuvik.
Q: What is the running surface?
A: Ice of the Mackenzie River. There is a TV show called Ice Road Truckers. And yes, it is the same road I will be running on!
Q: Why is it called a Challenge?
A: The Arctic has one of the harshest environments on Earth, sub-zero temperature that can drops to -40F (-40C) or lower, weather can turn on a dime, it is a tundra (that's a treeless plain where a layer of soil remains frozen all year), a strong winds blows across the tundra, a monotonous flat landscape without any marking points covered with never ending deep, frozen snow, a White Desert without place to hide!
Q: Any spectators?
A: Maybe polar bears that remained, hopefully far out at ocean.maybe some ice road truckers.
Q: Any resting places, restaurants, lodge, cabins from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk?
A: No, there are no establishments between these two communities.
Q: Is this a charitable run?
A: Yes, this is a fundraising run for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter. The Inuvik Homeless Shelter (IHS), a not-for-profit organization that helps local aboriginal people. The Shelter is highly utilized. During 2009/10 the Inuvik Homeless Shelter provided services to a total of 85 individuals. Many of these individuals were repeat clients throughout the entire year, while some stayed only a few days. The majority of the 85 clients were First Nations (40 Inuvialuit, 33 Gwichin and 12 Others). The shelter is undergoing the Shelter Enhancement Project of replacing the windows, doors, and renewing the insulation and siding to make the Shelter more energy efficient. The funds that the Shelter received do not cover the all expenses; they are short $24,000. I hope that my run on the Ice Road will help to spread the word that this Shelter desperately needs funding not only for the enhancement project but also for the every day services they provide. They are short with 5 bunk-beds and are in need of food supplies for the Soup Kitchen. (See attached word copy of the Inuvik Homeless Shelter proposal for the funds).
I am working closely with the Inuvik Interagency Committee that oversees the shelter. I am also working closely with the Inuvik Run Club, and from them I have received enormous help with the logistics of this run. The run is conducted in collaboration with the Inuvik Run Club (see attached word copy of the Inuvik Homeless Shelter proposal for the funds).
Q: How can people support this run?
A: 1st - all donations (100%) go to the Shelter. 2nd the Inuvik Homeless Shelter has a charity status and donation is tax deductible in Canada. Please donate: (Here's the link directly to the donate page using Pay Pal. The "Donate" button is at the bottom of the page or you can send a cheque to the Inuvik Homeless Shelter at P.O. Box 2530, Inuvik, NT, Canada, X0E 0T0.)
General Note:
The Arctic: is the region around the North Pole, usually understood as the area within the Arctic Circle. It includes parts of Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Canada, Alaska and the Arctic Ocean. My hope and wish is to collect as much funds as I can and help those who have no place to go in this harsh Arctic environment. That those who are in need will find a place to sleep and meal to eat in the Inuvik Homeless Shelter. And, if I see Aurora Borealis it will be an extra bonus!


View from the Mackenzie River & Ice of the Mackenzie River

120 miles, non-stop run across Long Island

- Fundraiser to fight the breast cancer http://www.li2daywalk.org/alicja2011.asp (when open the ling, please look for an icon with my name in the right lower corner)
Q: When?
A: I will start running on April 30, 2011.
Q: Where?
A: My 120-mile running route, which I have personally created, will start at North Woodmere Park (adjacent to JFK Airport) and end at Montauk Point.
This will be my 5th annual run to raise awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer in support of breast cancer patients. Since this run across LI is close to most of you in the Tri-State Area, please consider joining me on any part of this run and participate in the fundraising. We all know someone who has suffered, is suffering, or may suffer from this illness. Lets help. Lets fight the C word together so one day this illness will never exist!
Donations can be made online by simply clicking this link http://www.li2daywalk.org/alicja2011.asp

ARCTIC CHALLENGE

The time is drawing near for my 230+ mile run on the "Ice Road". This is a fundraising run for the homeless shelter in Inuvik, NWT, Canada. This is the most northern homeless shelter in North America, located 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Here, the temperature drops down to -50F during the winter and has gone as high as +50F, which is considered record high at summer. You can just imagine the need to stay warm! This small, remote community has a winter season that lasts 8 months (1 month is in complete darkness) is in need of your support. The harsh weather and modern lifestyle have made it so that some of the natives are unable to cope and must turn to the shelter for protection. Some homeless persons also struggle with concurrent mental health and addiction issues. Without the shelter these community members are put further at risk. During the 2009/10 year the Inuvik Homeless Shelter provided services to a total of 85 mainly First Nations individuals (40 Inuvialuit, 33 Gwich'in, and 12 "Other"). Due to increasing headcount and limited space, the shelter is in need of 5 twin size bunk-bed frames with mattresses. They are also in need of funds or food for a Soup Kitchen program that provides three meals per day to the Shelter clientele who otherwise do not have a method of obtaining their daily meals. The funding for this program will run out in March 2011; if they are unable to find other sources of funds they will be unable to continue with it. If you, or someone you know, can donate a bed (approximate cost $250) please click on the link below. A good way to donate the money can be to do it by the mile ($1.00/mile would equal $230). Please note that these amounts are not being mandated, any amount you can spare will be greatly appreciated. 100% of all donations go to the shelter.

Here's the link directly to the donate page using Pay Pal. The "Donate" button is at the bottom of the page or you can send a cheque to the Inuvik Homeless Shelter at P.O. Box 2530, Inuvik, NT, Canada, X0E 0T0

Frozen river ice road I will be running on.

ARCTIC CHALLENGE

This is a fundraising run in collaboration with the Inuvik Run Club

Please start checking for more information on my next extreme run that will take place north of the Arctic Circle. I am planning to run on the Ice Road; the Mackenzie River ice road runs north from the town of Inuvik over one hundred miles of frozen river and sea (Beaufort Sea) to the town of Tuktoyaktuk. I will run the entire length of the ice road and then run back to Inuvik. Yes, it is the same ice road that is shown on TV as Ice Road Truckers.

This is a fundraising run for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter.

Please stay tuned!

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  • MS Bike

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    My Preparation for the MS Charity Bike Ride

    I have four friends affected by MS and when I learned that there is a fundraising MS bike ride, I signed up immediately. I decided on the 60 mile, hilly Route 9 as I love to challenge myself. My only concern was my 28 year-old bike could it handle the hills? My concerns were soon over. I was at Toga bike store in Nyack talking to the owner and the staff about my upcoming MS bike ride. I have had a good relationship with this store for a few years, supporting me with my 120-mile breast cancer run across Long Island. This time, they stopped my bike worries and donated a demo bike (27 gears) for my MS fundraising ride. The bike was adjusted to my height, and I was able to take the bike for a test ride. I conquered the big hill between North Nyack and Rockland Lake without a problem. In comparison to my old bike, it seemed like this bike from Toga rode by itself... what a difference in the technology! Now, I know that I can complete the MS 60 mile bike ride; the hills on Route 9 are no longer my nightmare. Thank you Toga! Please click on the Toga icon and learn more about this fantastic bike store which offers a great selection of bikes and has knowledgeable and very friendly staff. You will know you are at the right place for all of you bicycle or bicycle accessory needs.
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    Bike adjustment and test ride at Toga

    MS Charity Bike Ride, 9/26/2010

    I will be participating in a fundraising bicycle ride for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on September 26, 2010. This will be a 60 mile bike ride that starts in Tarrytown, crosses the Tappan Zee bridge, follows the hilly Rte 9G north crossing the scenic Bear Mountain bridge, and then following the east side of the Hudson River back to Tarrytown. Please help me raise at least $150 toward this cause, which is very important to many MS patients. I personally have a few friends that have been diagnosed with this illness that interrupts the flow of information between brain and body, and may cause impaired movement. Every dollar helps and it will be appreciated by so many MS patients. Please see the attached information and help me reach my fundraising goal.

    http://bikenyn.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_NYN_homepage

    Thank you so much

    May 210, 120-mile Non-stop Breast Cancer Charity Run


    Thanks for your support

    March 2010, Algeria, 267 miles non stop running race in the Hoggar Mountains (altitute 5000 to 9000 feet)


    I have just returned from another race in the Sahara Desert where I ran non-stop what would total 6 marathons (268 km which translates to 167 miles). When I accepted more...

    Photos from Algieria

    The UK's longest ever non-stop running race, the Thames Ring 250. Two hundred and fifty refers to the distance in miles, and the cut-off time is 100 hours. Nearly ten marathons in four-and-a-bit days.

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  • Thank you All for your support and generous donations for the breast cancer fund raiser.

    Photos in gallery now

    Running shoes for Niger

    I have been asked by Jeroen Roovers (the track and field coach in Niger) and one man from Niger, living in NYC, to help in providing shoes to runners in Niger. This was a short notice as the shipment was due at the end of March. Just one email to my running friends and the response was amazing. During just two weekends that we had, we were able to collect 64 pairs of running shoes. Each pair was separated by tying them together. I delivered them to the man in NYC and he arranged shipment to the coach in Niger. As soon as I hear that they reached the destination, I will share the information with you.

    I want to thank each of you for your great help. It is a good feeling to help others especially those in need. For us it is a spare pair of unwanted running shoes. For the recipient it is a treasure.

    I have run twice in Niger and I know first hand the living conditions of the people. This shipment will bring a big smile and much joy to many people. Well done my friends. Thank you.

    I am planning to collect running shoes as well other athletic shoes (soccer, track and field shoes) for the next shipment at the end of summer.

    Attached are a few photos of the shoe collection. I also received this email: 'Hello last week there was a International semi marathon competition In Cotonou and many countries were there including the United and Jeroen the coach just wrote me and said that one of the Nigerien expecting one of your shoes won the race.? I believe that because of him knowing that those shoes were coming to Niger and he will get some of it and because he heard about you and what you are doing for Niger marathon he won the race'.? Original message in this document

    Charity Run across Long Island to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer-May 2, 2009

    - click in this link to donate

    - see also LI2DW webpage...

    03.25.2009 Coming up Charity run across Long Island-May 2, 2009

    Hello Friends,

    My Third Annual Run across Long Island will take place May 2, 2009 where I will embark on a 120-mile non-stop run to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

    You may ask: 'What does a 120-mile no-stop run mean?' It means running day and night until the 120 mile mark is reached!

    You may ask: 'Why Long Island?'

    My answer will be: 'Women in Long Island have one of the highest rates of breast cancer. Long Island is a quite long for an ultra runner as me. In Long Island, there is a great non-profit organization that every year in June organize a charity 30 miles two-days walk and the organization?s name is 'Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk'.

    From the comfort of your home, please help those who fight this disease and donate whatever you can to this cause. 100% of your contribution goes directly to breast cancer survivor support services and research. Please read the attached flyer. Donations can be mailed to LI2DAYBCW, P.O. Box 506 Nesconset, NY, 11767 or made online at www.li2daywalk.org. Please make sure to write my name Alicja Barahona or AB8482.

    I will greatly appreciate it if you can pass this information to your family, friends, and co-workers. Thank you so much, Alicja

    PS. if you would like to run with me part of the way and need details about my start and the approximate times I will reach different locations along the route, please send me an email at: alicjabarahona@yahoo.com If you don't know me, please read my very amateur webpage www.sahararunner.com , Alicja - see the attached flyer!!

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  • 03.24.2009 news from Niger

    March 24, 2009 I received this note:

    Hello last week there was a International semi marathon competition In Cotonou and many countries were there including the United and Jeroen the coach just wrote me and said that one of the Nigerien expecting one of your shoes won the race I believe that because of him knowing that those shoes were coming to Niger and he will get some of it and because he heard about you, and what you are doing for Niger marathon he won the race See the fotos in gallery

    03.11.2009 Helping others

    Collecting spare shoes for athletes in Niger

    As you may know I was running twice in Niger. It is a beautiful but a very poor country... More you can read in this document

    04.30.2008

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I could not have done it without all of your support. Your presence, support and encouraging smiles made the 120-mile run across Long Island go by so quickly. Your presence made my charity run for breast cancer support under the LI2DW a success. More you can read HERE

    04.01.2008

    Go the extra 120-miles with Alicja to raise awareness and funds for the LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk.

  • You can run with Alicja to help her FINISH STRONG for LI2DAY! READ HERE
  • 03.31.2008 6633 Ultra photos (arctic)

  • All the photos from arctic circle are moved to gallery
  • 03.30.2008

    Results of CAUMSETT PARK 50K updated

    2008 USA 50K Road Championships - now available HERE

    03.23.2008

    Truth about the 6633 Ultra!!!

    I am back to Whitehorse. As you may know I was stopped from running after completing 2/3 of the race (205 miles). The news was given to me, in the presence of the Race Director, by a man who was introduced to all runners as a military man from Scotland who was (or has had experience as) a paramedic. The reason given to me was puffiness under my eyes with water retention which he told me MAY freeze, and in such case I MAY develop a scar under my eyes. I told them that the water/puffiness was due to my goggles being fastened very tightly as I had a problem with fogging. I had put lots of duct tape on my face to prevent frostbite and was well protected. I told them I had no physical problems or weakness nor Idid I have any mental impairment that would make me unable to continue this race. I asked, why were they doing this to me? And, I asked, when was this decided? They just repeated that my race was over at this point. I proposed to continue to Inuvik and consult there with a local doctor, and the answer was NO. I was so far ahead of schedule that were was also time for me to take a break and be observed over a 24-hour period to see if the puffiness resolved, and then make a determination. But no, the decision was FINAL! More you can read HERE

    03.21.2008

    EaStEr greetings Easter bunnies, colored eggs, egg hunts... ya, it?s Easter time! Revel and rejoice in the spirit of the colorful spring season and wish all your family an egg-cellent, eggstra-hoppy Easter.

    Happy Easter Everyone!!

    03.20.2008

    6633 Extreme Winter Ultra Marathon LATEST NEWS

    Checkpoint 3 - Fort McPherson; Checkpoint 4 - Tsiigehtchic

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  • 03.18.2008

    6633 Extreme Winter Ultra Marathon LATEST NEWS

    Checkpoint 1 - Arctic Circle; Checkpoint 2 - James Creek

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  • 03.15.2008

    6633 Extreme Winter Ultra Marathon From Eagle Plains, Yukon to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk. A true Arctic experience - this race really does enter the Arctic Circle and can quite genuinely claim to be the toughest, coldest Extreme Ultra Marathon on the planet. In addition racers will have to contend with winds that can quite literally blow you away

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  • 03.11.2008

    Next upcoming challenge ....The Arctic Lands have extremely cold and long winters, with temperatures often dipping to -60oF (-50oC). Arctic blizzards and whiteouts frequently punctuate the winter weather. The area lies north of the tree line and there is no protection from the arctic wind....More you can read Here & here

    03.08.2008

    Going The Extra 120-Miles To Raise Awareness And Funds for Breast Cancer.... Extreme Athlete, Alicja Barahona gives LI2DAY a running start with her non-stop, April 26 - 27 run from North Woodmere Park in Hewlett to Montauk Point. You Can Help Alicja Barahona Finish Strong! Alicja welcomes breast cancer survivors and runners to join her for intervals along the 120-mile route....More you can read in LI2DAY Breast Cancer Walk newsletter

    02.29.2008 New in photo gallery!

    350 mile in the Sahara Desert

    350 mile in Alaska

    02.22.2008

    Noted Ultra Runner to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer's Association.... From Eagle Plains, Yukon to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk. A true Arctic experience - this race really does enter the Arctic Circle and can quite genuinely claim to be the toughest, coldest Extreme Ultra Marathon on the planet. In addition racers will have to contend with winds that can quite literally blow you away...More you can read in HERE

    News: 10.16.2007

    This is official extreme ultramarathon runner - Alicja Barahona web page. www.Sahararunner.com We have big plans for this page, so come back often!