Spanish-Irish lawyer Mario Izquierdo Lawlor travelled to India once again this January for the Ultramarathon event that is fast becoming an annual tradition. And this year, as every year, there were new faces, new challenges.
More than 2650 participants took part in the race, which finishes each year in Bathalapalli, where the tomb of Vicente Ferrer, the ex-priest who established the Foundation that has transformed this part of the world, is located.
“I’ll come back here as long as I can” said Mario, “These people are so open and friendly, always smiling. I’ve made friends here and this is the only race that really matters. I’ll do it as long as my body allows me to.”
The Ultramarathon easily raised its target of €185,000, which will be used to renovate and rebuild the remote villages of Daddanala and Billagondhipenta, where families currently live in basic huts or tents.
The 6th Anantapur Ultramarathon will take place from 20th to 26th January 2021, and you can find out more at www.1km1vida.org.