John Ellis and Andrew Dawson decided on an umbrella-shaped course for their 63-mile ultrathon (a run that is longer than a marathon!)
The duo got the idea after joining the 2.5-mile Umbrella Run from Lennon Wall on Oct. 16, and realizing how much that raised the protesters’ morale.
During their brief preparations, they created a Twitter account called @UmbrellaUltra, and a Facebook page. Once news of their pro-democracy mission spread, they were joined by many other runners en route.
Speaking with local media Coconuts Hong Kong, Ellis explained the inspiration behind UmbrellaUltra, saying: “I’ve been really touched by the sacrifice, determination, creativity and restraint shown by the students and other democracy protesters over the past month.”
Here are some tweets from the guys showing photos of their adventure, and the new friends they made:
— Umbrella Ultra (@UmbrellaUltra) October 30, 2014
— Umbrella Ultra (@UmbrellaUltra) October 29, 2014
And here’s John being interviewed by the BBC about why he did the run: