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Adventure Athlete

  • “ All of us face giants, but no giant is too big to face ”
  • “ The body follows where the mind leads ”
  • “ Superhuman strength only kicks in when you reach the end of yourself ”

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South African ultra-endurance athlete Jamie Marais made history by becoming the first and only known person to speed-summit Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain twenty-two times in twenty-eight hours over two days.
Climbing more than sixteen thousand vertical meters - almost twice the height of Everest - his mission was to raise support for the Sabrina Foundation who care for children with special needs and to inspire people to realise that nothing we are facing is too big to overcome.

This was the first in an ongoing series of solo extreme-endurance challenges across various sporting disciplines including vertical running and mountain biking, with each challenge taking place in a dangerous setting in untamed Africa with intensely challenging physical objectives and natural threats including unpredictable weather, brutal mountain passes and dangerous wildlife.

‘Stress and depression are among the leading causes of death, but exercise is one of the simplest and most effective cures there is.
Exercise can literally save your life.’

Jamie believes that ‘the body follows where the mind leads’ and inspires people through taking on extreme challenges to believe in
themselves and face the giants in their lives.
Jamie Marias Story


Jamie Rides 4 Rhinos

Table Mountain

Twenty Two summits - Short

Table Mountain

Documentary, Extended Version

Lions Head

Twelve Summits

Sani Pass

First Attempt

Sani Pass

Second Attempt

Top Billing

TV Interview


TV Interview #1


TV Interview #2

Beautiful News


Jumbo Fundraiser for Rhino and People

Kariega Game Reserve

The Dan Nicholl Show


Adventure Athlete, Jamie Marais, And His Latest Adventure Cycling The Kariega Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve

Ultra-endurance Athletes



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Online talks available by special request.

Talk Facing Your Giant

“Facing Your Giant”

20 - 45 mins.

"All of us are facing giants, but no giant is too big to face”. As the only known person to speed summit Table Mountain 22 times in 28 hours, Jamie shares the secrets to superhuman strength and the lessons learnt climbing twice the height of Everest in one go, as well as insights gained as he pushed himself to the limit for twelve hours at altitude enduring freezing winds, excruciating pain and hypothermia on the slopes of Sani Pass, the number one ranked most dangerous mountain pass in Africa.
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Taming the Beast

“Taming the Beast”

20 - 45 mins.

During this talk, Jamie shares the story of this epic adventure and the mindset that enabled him to overcome exhaustion and push past fear as he pedalled 337 km with over 9 000 meters of climbing in the African bush, contending with dangerous wildlife, extreme cold and fear of the unknown.
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  • “One of the best talks I have ever heard”.
    - Mr Raymond Ackerman
  • “One of the most inspiring people I have ever met”.
    - Wahida Parker, MD: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
  • “Jamie inspires us all to make the most of what we have, explore our boundaries and discover the hidden ‘special’ talents and gifts we possess”.
    - Tony Lubner, Chairman Sabrina Love Foundation