Year One Support (Hurt Hawaii 2019) Now Open
Wairua (human spirit or soul) will be explored in the testing environment of ultra-endurance running, through tracking a single endurance athlete, Jamie Milne, as he competes in ten of the the world's most challenging and arduous ultra-marathons, starting in 2019 with the Hurt 100 held in Hawaii.
Jamie is a New Zealand Maori who has a reputation and track record of undertaking unachievable tasks and exposing himself to extreme physical adversity. As Jamie pushes himself beyond his physical and mental boundaries, and uncovers not only his vulnerabilities but his response to these, the non-tangible, motivational drivers of the human spirit will be exposed and documented. Each event will be also approached with a specific focus on delivering relevant content in response to current gaps in physical response and mental training research, as well as public interest and newly identified trends in the media.
Wairua is a multifaceted kupu (wording) and offers great depth of meaning, both in the physical and metaphysical sense. The word Wairua can be broken down Wai can mean special or unique and Rua can mean to contain. A multilayered man and a proud Māori, connected to his people and to his land, Jamie puts not just himself on the line for Wairua, but also his fundamental essence of being and his place in his community and the world. The obstacles Jamie will be tasked to confront and overcome each year will challenge us all, but the results cannot fail to be inspiring and enlightening.
Become part of Wairua
Your donation or sponsorship is gratefully received.
Your support and funding of this project will enable the steps needed to capture not only the annual challenges but the preparation and personal investment of Jamie and the team members to share with the wider audience. The accompanying research will bring forth additional outcomes and contribute to the knowledge and discussions within the academic and health professional arena.