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Canada's greatest explorers 2015

Ray Zahab

Ultra marathoner

Expertise: Adventure, Running, walking, Society, Education

By Sabrina Doyle

It’s hard to think of a landscape on Earth that hasn’t felt the relentless patter of Ray Zahab’s sneakers. The accomplished ultra-runner has jogged across places as varied as Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Siberia’s Lake Baikal, California’s Death Valley and Antarctica. Zahab measures success not by kilometres logged (though there have been thousands) but rather by the number of young people he has inspired to push their limits. In 2008, he founded impossible2Possible, which funds and organizes a series of empowering and educational adventures for young people. Throughout the expeditions, youth ambassadors use satellite tracking, interactive multimedia and daily communication to engage classrooms around the world.


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