Double amputee Chris Moon is today preparing to take on one of the world's most challenging races, the Badwater Ultramarathon. In an event that will feature endurance runner Dean Karnazes, participants will embark on a 135-mile journey through Death Valley to Mt. Whitney in temperatures of up to 55C. Moon, 50, who was born in Wiltshire but has relocated to Scotland, lost his right arm and leg in 1995 whilst clearing landmines in Mozambique.
No stranger to distance running, Moon managed a marathon a day for 30 consecutive days in September 2010, a challenge that saw him cover in excess of 1,000 miles. Indeed, this will be the second time in which he has tackled the Badwater race, and is looking to improve on his previous performance: "I am looking to take 10 hours off my best time. I have done the training and I just want to get out there, I know more about running and artificial legs have got a lot better."
Even though he anticipates a tough challenge, Moon is confident he can maintain endurance running in to his 70s: "I want to overcome physical challenges and show that I have not been weakened by the unfortunate things that sometimes happen. I am driven by all sorts of things - what is life without aspirations?"
Chris Moon is running to raise funds for charities, including O2e, which helps disabled and disadvantaged children. You can sponsor him by visiting his justgiving page.