Mosimann’s challenge – It’s no mean feast

Phillip & Mark Mosimann Race the Planet

12-2.jpgBrothers Mark & Philipp Mosimann along with Mark’s now wife Jenna faced one of the most gruelling races on the planet, they ran 250 kilometres, the equivalent of 5 consecutive marathons in just 7 days across the Namibian Desert. Why did they take past in this arduous adventure? To raise a phenomenal £35,000 for Operation Smile and to change the lives of hundreds of children, forever.

Philipp, Mark and Jenna spent a year training for this ultra marathon, coping with long and demanding training sessions in all kinds of weather. To step across the finish line for this punishing race you have to complete six stages ranging from 40 – 100 kilometres. Even the first stage is a real test. In Fish River canyon, our runners had to battle their way over stony, sandy surfaces and rugged cliffs. Several river crossings were also included en route. “After 30 kilometres I was down on all fours” said Philipp “The combination of sand and water in my shoes did the rest”, by the end of the first day Philipp could barely feel his feet.

In contrast to other runners, who constantly munched on energy bars our boys preferred more basic food, “Nuts, raisins & jelly babies – that’s my secret recipe, along with diced salami” said Philipp. Competitors had to carry all their own equipment and food; they were only provided with water and a place in a tent at the end of each day. It’s a far cry from Mosimann’s Private Dining Club that has just celebrated it’s 20th year, which was established by their father the Michelin starred chef Anton Mosimann and is managed by Philipp and Mark.

On the fourth day the hardened runners encountered what was by far the most demanding stretch: 100 kilometres, against a backdrop of sand dunes and scorching heat. “That was the worst day of my life”, Philipp Mosimann concedes “The soles of my feel were already covered in blisters when I got up. I thought to myself “what madness, when will it end?” It took until after nightfall for me to more or less suppress the pain.”

Philipp ranked 65th with a time of 49 hours and 14 minutes, Mark finished just behind him in 49 hours and 47 minutes and Jenna in 52 hours and 35 minutes an incredible achievement and we would like to thank them all for taking time out of their busy lives to endlessly train and compete in this adventure and to raise so much to help change the lives of so many children.

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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President