From Kanyakumari to Kashmir
“The Spirit of India Run is my way of proving that one man can make a difference. We can leave all the work to our politicians and diplomats, or we can go on and do the job ourselves.
The run is about showing the power of a single individual and what we’re all capable of doing, if we simply follow our dreams through with action." Pat Farmer
From Kanyakumari, the southern-most point of India to Srinagar in Kashmir, summit of the Himalayan Mountains in the far north, Pat began his run on 26 January 2016, celebrating both Australia Day and India's Republic Day.
Pat completed his Spirit of India run in 64 days, running a total distance of 4416.7km, raising more than $30,000 for the education of disadvantaged girls in India.
"I'm helping to raise funds for the education of disadvantaged girls in India. We can make a huge difference to these kids, and I've seen them face to face, and I'll be fundraising for them for a long time to come."
Pat was supported by a core team of people:
Katie Walsh - Trainer and Crew Manager
Josh Cordoba - Crew Manager Assistant
Dr Joseph Grace - Race Doctor
Kevin Nguyen - Journalist and Photographer
Tania Farmer - Social Media and additional support
"The scenery here changes so regularly, I can understand why they call it 'The incredible India.' It's a true sea-to-summit run with such extreme diversity; the different languages, the different cultures, the different religions.
It's been a struggle but it's been fantastic and really worthwhile."