Charity fundraisers seek marine industry sponsors for Great Pacific Race 2016 rowing challenge
Darren Clawson and his Endurance Limits Adventure Racing Team are preparing for the Great Pacific Race 2016, with a plan to beat the record for this incredible rowing race, and raise substantial funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The Great Pacific Race is billed as one of the biggest human endurance challenges on the planet. Ocean row boats of two and four people compete against each other in the world’s only human powered race on the Pacific Ocean.
What is the Great Pacific Race?
This is a 2,400 mile row from Monterey California to Honolulu Hawaii. The current world record for this crossing is 41 days and 5 hours. The Endurance Limits Adventure Racing Team plans to beat this record at the same time as raising significant funds for GOSH.
Darren Clawson (below) is the founder of Endurance Limits Adventure racing team. This is a not for profit organisation set up to raise funds for Great Ormond Street following the sudden and tragic illness suffered by Darren’s son Hadley.
When he was just two years old Hadley began suffering from debilitating seizures. After months in Great Ormond Street Hospital, and after exhausting every possible treatment Hadley’s parents were informed that he had simply reached his “endurance limits” and that they should prepare for his inevitable and imminent death. Hadley on the other hand had other ideas and defied the odds to survive.
Hadley is now disabled due to the effects of the seizures but lives a happy and fulfilling life at home with his family.
Darren was inspired to found the Endurance Limits Adventure Team, which has since raised over £200,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in partnership with corporate sponsors. The team members push themselves to the limits in extreme endurance events.
Darren says: “Since our inception the team has competed in and completed some of the most difficult and dangerous endurance challenges in the world including the 230km Beyond the Ultimate Jungle Ultra Marathon in Peru, the Marathon de Sables race across the Sahara and the Brazilian Jungle Marathon.”
Seeking sponsors in the marine industry
The team is now looking to complete the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance, and to do it in a world record time. “In order to do this we need to secure sponsorship from within the marine industry and we are hoping that by backing us and publicising the world record attempt you can help make this happen. We are also hoping that individuals will see the project and feel compelled to donate directly to Great Ormond Street via our Just Giving page.” Pictured below is the boat the team is currently in negotiations to acquire for the event.
Adventure racing and Ocean Rowing benefit from huge media coverage and this could be the ideal opportunity for a marine organization to get involved, promote their social responsibility, support one of the country’s most loved charities and become a part of an incredible adventure.
The benefits, says Darren, will include media exposure, employee engagement opportunities and the association with a team of people who aspire to greatness while helping those most in need.
If you would like to get involved in Endurance Limits Adventure Racing Team’s bid to beat the current Great Pacific Race record please contact Darren Clawson:
If you’d like to donate please go to www.justgiving.com/endurancelimits
Great Pacific Race Photo (top) Credit: GPR