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 Rides 4 Rhinos
Twenty Two summits - Short
Documentary, Extended Version
TV Interview #1
TV Interview #2
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
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“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.
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.