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What is the World Tri?

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The world tri is an unprecedented, 10,000 mile, intercontinental triathlon that reaches for the frigid waters of the River Thames in England to the snow-covered summit of Mt. Everest.


The BBC has stated that the World Tri "is the toughest human endurance event ever attempted."


Over eleven months, The World Tri will cross thirteen countries while encountering the most treacherous conditions imaginable.  The expedition begins with a 275-mile swim down the River Thames in England to the icy North Atlantic Sea and across the English Channel to France.  From France, the expedition continues with a 9000-mile bicycle ride across Europe and Asia, passing over many of the world's most rugged and remote mountain ranges, and crossing hundreds of miles of barren sand desert, before climbing over the Himalaya to the Indian Ocean and Calcutta.  The triathlon concludes with a super-ultra 950-mile run from sea level at the Bay of Bengal, up into the Himalaya, to the top of the world and the summit of Mount Everest.

 The World Tri is being undertaken by Charlie Wittmack, an American explorer and adventurer who has been training and preparing for this expedition for more than 15 years.  Wittmack will be supported during the expedition by his wife Cate, who will be leading an educational initiative throughout the expedition and a global health program in Nepal.  The Wittmacks will be traveling with their young son James, and award-winning journalists Andy Stoll and Brian Triplett.

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