Alexandre Clovirola is taking on an epic 228km challenge in Hong Kong to raise money for Paris Hospital and to bring the great outdoors to his French colleagues stuck inside during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Hong Kong-based Frenchman plans to run the 100km MacLehose Trail from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon and then the 50km Hong Kong Trail on Friday. He will run the 78km Wilson Trail over the weekend but only if he “unlocks” it by raising 3,000 euros (HK$25,500).
“The original idea was every 10 euros I’ll unlock a stage of the MacLehose, but I’d raised 900 in the first few hours,” he said. “We needed a second milestone so that’s the Hong Kong Trail. Now, if I reach 3,000 euros, I'll also do the Wilson trail.
“In France, they are starting the fourth week of lockdown, the people in my neighbourhood are working from home, so I will make Zoom calls so they can follow,” Clovirola, 30, said. “Every time there is something to see, the beach, the dam, the ridges, I’ll call so there is a lot to see. That’s why the project is very popular.”
He will also be streaming on his personal Instagram so people outside his company, an IT consultancy firm I-Tracing, can also follow. Supporters will join him to help deliver food, though he will be sure to comply with the four-person rule in Hong Kong that is in place to manage group sizes.
Clovirola is an experienced marathon runner, triathlete and trail runner, but having never run more than 60km in one go and only coming up with the 228km challenge two weeks ago, he will need all the support he can get. Three friends will join for a third of the MacLehose each.
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announcement More than 3 billions people on the are in lockdown right now and here in Hong Kong we are lucky enough to be able to still go freely (thanks to and social distancing) Locked down inside, time can be really long and depressing BUT.... we can also act here in WHAT ? A crowdfunding campaign has been launched inside my company to get money for hospital and I have pledged to run up to 220 km (the 3 biggest trail in HK) if we reached the goal. A coverage of the run will be done on IG and I’m working to see for a possible livestream on twitch. The ULTIMATE goal is to provide a steaming for everyone locked inside to see the beautiful HK countryside. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ? the crowdfunding is internal at the moment BUT - If you want to run some part with me come ! - If you wish to help on the logistics (food, water, battery etc....) on the checkpoint let me know ! - If you have communication/PR skills contact me ! - if you like the idea, spread the word and I will keep posting more about the project No matter where we are, we are in the same boat right now, let’s have fun, raise and make discover HK most beautiful places ! #charity #running #solidarity #ultratrail #hongkong #852 #together #stayathome
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“They are experienced runners and they know me well, so they can assess my mental condition. They will say I’m OK because when I’m on my own I can have a goal and be reckless about finishing it,” he said.
“The bit I’m most excited about is the MacLehose, I’ve never done it all before. Being able to see the whole thing in one go really excites me. I’m excited to say I went from the first section to the last section, to say I pushed my boundaries,” he said.
“The hardest bit will be the switch from MacLehose to Hong Kong trails, because my mind will think, ‘Right, I’ve made it, rest’. And as soon as I sleep, my body will enter recovery mode,” Clovirola said.
“So I’ll wake up sore everywhere but I’ll need to put on my shoes and go. I work very well under pressure, so the bigger the event, with the whole community watching, I don’t have the right to fail.”
You can donate to Clovirola’s Paris Hospital page here.