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On September 8, 2019, Gab Szerda will compete in the “Tor des Géants” - the first non-stop race of its kind to cover an entire region, running along spectacular paths at the foot of the highest peaks in the Alps. He’ll run through the Gran Paradiso Natural Park, the Mont Avic Regional Park and through the Aosta Valley with 700 other competitors, aiming to complete the 205 miles in one go. This will all be done on mountain trails with 80,000+ feet of elevation gain and within 150 hours. For those keeping score – that’s the equivalent to climbing Mt Everest almost three times! 

Why? To raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
and support those with epilepsy.  

 

 

We don't grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges."

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TEAM RISE IS BACK!

 

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Two years ago we introduced Gab Szerda and Team Rise Above Epilepsy at our Rise Above Seizures Gala. Gab lives the life of an ultra-endurance athlete. He represented Australia in the 2000 Olympics and is married to Dr. Julia Valente, EFMN Board of Directors member and Chair of the Gala Committee.  

When we first introduced Gab in 2017 he was preparing to race in the Tor des Géants, a 205-mile race in the Alps that takes place over six days. Sadly, Gab suffered a leg injury and was forced to withdraw after completing 144 miles in just 57 hours. 

"Failure is just the beginning of a much bigger journey!"  -Gab

That journey continued in 2019 when Gab returned to Italy and took on the Tor des Géants once more. This time, he finished the non-stop 205-mile race in 116 hours! 

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Follow Gab's Journey:

He Did It! 205 Miles in 116 Hours

Gab just crossed the finish line of the Tor Des Geants! He covered 205 miles and 80,000+ feet of elevation gain in just 116 hours.

The Homestretch - 40 Miles Left

Gab is nearing the end and has 40 miles left of the Tor Des Geants. The question now is to try and sleep or go straight for the finish.

140 Miles and Some Golf?

Gab gave a special mid-race video message for all his supporters, and then did some post-race "retirement" planning?

Climb Accomplished - Over Halfway Home

Gab finished the longest climb of the course and stopped for just a few minutes in Sassa, the halfway point in the race.


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Join Gab in supporting the vital programs and services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota!

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