Earlier this year inov-8TM launched the inov-8TM Challenge Series – a campaign that will see committed athletes take on some of the toughest challenges in the world. The first challenge in the series is scheduled to take place on 5 September, 2012 (subject to weather conditions) with Mark Bayliss undertaking the ultimate triathlon – the Arch to Arc, which will see him travel from London to Paris pretty much non-stop.
To help motivate Mark through this challenge inov-8 TM are asking committed athletes around the world to provide quotes of inspiration to help him through with the best ones winning inov-8 TM performance footwear.
To enter, send a motivational tweet (@inov8run) or facebook message (/inov8run). The best tweet and post each day from Monday 3 September until 24hrs after the end of Mark’s challenge, will win a pair of trainers. The competition will be judged by Mark himself, who post completion of the challenge will choose the winner from each day’s posts. Entries can be made daily via both Twitter and Facebook.*
The Arch to Arc triathlon involves a gruelling 87 mile run from the famous Marble Arch in London to Dover, followed by a Channel swim from Dover to Calais, finishing with an epic 181 mile bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In a world first, Mark Bayliss will attempt to become the only athlete to complete the Arch to Arc challenge without the use of a wetsuit for the Channel swim.
Taking the wetsuit out of the equation, after such a long run, means Mark will face a physiological test none of the previous 10 Arch to Arc competitors have had to endure.
To prepare for the challenge Mark has mixed swimming, biking and running with a rigorous functional fitness (often referred to as cross fit or cross training) regime.
For more information about the event and for further details about Mark’s training go to www.facebook.com/INOV8run, follow @INOV8run or watch the latest footage at http://www.youtube.com/user/INOV8run. For more information about inov-8TM products visit www.inov-8.com.
If you are in the UK and would like to sponsor Mark, who is fundraising to fund future Olympians, text CFWC59 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate or visit http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Bayliss0 .
In addition to inov-8TM enabling this challenge, Mark is supported by Parlee Bicycles (www.parleecycles.com), Gatorade (www.Gatorade.co.uk), GB Cycles (www.gbcycles.co.uk) and Wings Transport (www.wingstransport.co.uk).