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Lake Baikal runners aim to educate, inspire kids

Lake Baikal runners aim to educate, inspire kids

Adventurers Ray Zahab and Kevin Vallely will make a daring attempt to run the 650-kilometer frozen length of Siberia’s Lake Baikal in 10 days or less. Beginning March 1, 2010, the two men will run 60 to 70km per day, unassisted by skis or support crew and pulling 100-pound supply sleds behind them across the world’s deepest freshwater lake.

The world-record holders will brave the ice of Baikal to raise awareness of the global scarcity of clean water. During the expedition, students will be able to see, speak to, and hear the pair in real-time. Others can also be part of the experience by logging on to

Lake Baikal contains about 20 per cent of the world’s surface fresh water and is the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume. By running across the ice-covered surface of one of the earth’s most treasured and fragile lakes, Zahab and Vallely hope to teach students about the history, chemistry, biology, culture, and the central role clean drinking water has played in all cultures and civilizations.

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