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Explorer-in-Residence

Ray Zahab



Photo: Courtesy of Ray Zahab

Ray Zahab is a record-breaking ultra marathoner and an extreme adventurer. This Canadian explorer consistently challenges himself to long distances in extreme weather conditions; travelling through some of the world’s harshest and most unpredictable landscapes by foot.

Zahab has ran across some of the world’s largest and hottest deserts, beginning with his 7,500-kilometre run across the Sahara Desert in 2007, and continuing with other remarkable expeditions across the deserts of Atacama, Gobi and Namib. Although Ray is more willing to endure heat than cold, he has not refrained from exploring the icy terrains of the Canadian Artic and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as attaining the Guinness World Record for the fastest unsupported expedition to the South Pole in 2009.

His expeditions have led him to over 70 countries and have inspired him to create the non-profit organization Impossible2Possible, which strives to educate and empower the youth. Zahab was named an Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2019 — a feat that he could not have foreseen 20 years before.


 


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