By Justin Flynn
Clinton Staehr will run 84km nonstop from one end of Bali to the other to help the Bali Children Foundation.
The Bali Hope Ultra Marathon is a gruelling trek 84km from the north side of the island to the south.
The first 14km is a steep 1.4km incline uphill.
“Last year I did my 13th Ironman and was a bit mentally spent and decided I’d had enough of that for now and wanted to try something else,” Clinton said.
The marathon aims to raise awareness for the Bali Children Foundation and disadvantage kids in remote hillside areas.
It costs $1200 to put a child through six years of primary school where they learn English, Indonesian computer skills.
“They gain enough education that they can end up working in tourism instead of agriculture,” Clinton says.
“They can work in resorts and earn four times of what their parents make.
“They are living in basic accommodation often without power so it gives them that change of life through education.”
“I’ve always done Ironman triathlons and long-distance running so I’ve always wanted to.
Each participant must raise $7500 to compete and Clinton has a page (https://2019balihopeultramarathon.everydayhero.com/au/clinton-s-bali-hope-ultra-fund) and has organised a music night and chocolate drives.
The marathon is held through the night on 25 May.
“In a perfect world I won’t have to walk at all,” he said.
“I won’t rule it out because one minute you can feel good and the next something is hurting or you might be finished. It becomes a physical and mental challenge, but my aim is to run all the way.
“There are some aid stations along the way where some people will sit and rest but my aim is to keep going and get it done.”