Beyond The Ultimate's Jungle Ultra is the Next Challenge for Parkinson's Disease Sufferer & Fundraiser Alex Flynn

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The second annual Jungle Ultra is due to take place next month in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest with many competitors facing a tough challenge. The race will prove a particular challenge to one competitor who after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is not only taking on the challenge of the Jungle Ultra but the whole series - completing the Grand Slam with his final race, the Ice Ultra February 2014.

The Jungle Ultra by Beyond The Ultimate

Jungle Ultra Marathon

One of the toughest ultras around

Alex Flynn, Competitor & Parkinson's Ambassador.

The Jungle Ultra is returning for its second annual 220km ultra-marathon footrace through the Cloud Forest and Amazon Rainforests of Peru this May, and this year more endurance runners have opted to take part in the challenging race than ever. With a range of competitors from across the globe, from UK to South Africa and USA to Brazil, each competitor has their own motivation for taking part. Alex Flynn is one of this year's Jungle Ultra competitors and as a sufferer from Parkinson's disease, his motivation started when he was diagnosed in 2009. With a desire to raise money to find a cure for the presently incurable disease, Alex decided to set himself a challenge of raising £1 million in 10 million metres.

9,103,218 metres into the challenge and Alex is well on his way to his target for his chosen charities, The Cure Parkinson's Trust and Team Fox (Michael J Fox's Charity). With a desire to continue reaching his goal, Alex's next challenge will face humidity levels of at least 75% and an average temperature of 30°C, whilst facing the mountains of the rainforest and carrying up to 13kg of kit and supplies. As well as the tracks and trails of the jungle, Alex's distance also includes over 70 river crossings, requiring zip wires, boats, ladders and simply wading through water to make it to the other side. Although a tough course, the Jungle Ultra will provide breath-taking scenery as the competitors travel through the habitat of some of the world's most fascinating wildlife including Macaws, Monkeys, Black Caiman and Jaguars as well as visiting Amazonian tribes along the way.

When asked about the challenge Alex said, "I am thrilled to be competing in the Beyond The Ultimate's Jungle Ultra and having the opportunity of undertaking the grand slam of all the four Beyond The Ultimate ultra races this year. I can't wait to get on and get stuck into what I think is going to be one of the toughest ultras around."

With the race split into 5 stages, all of the competitors will be sleeping in hammocks amongst the natural setting of the rainforest camps along the route. Each stage varies in distance but by far the most demanding is the infamous “Lull” a relatively short 36km, but a distance that represents what many have described as the toughest stage of any footrace. The longest stage of the race is the final 92km “Long One”, which includes over 50 river crossings, 1500ft on incline and 20km of thick jungle makes the Jungle Ultra and truly adventurous and challenging event like no other on earth.

The Jungle Ultra is operated by Beyond the Ultimate and is taking place between the 24th May and 2nd June 2013. Stage and Race results as well as live updates will be available through Beyond The Ultimate’s Facebook & Twitter pages as well as their Website. The 220km Jungle Ultra forms part of an ultimate four race series including the Mountain Ultra, Ice Ultra and Desert Ultra. Alex Flynn is due to complete all four races (The Grand Slam) during the 2013 & 2014 race seasons to raise money for his charities - you can help Alex by donating here..

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