An Interview with Amy Gasson at the Jungle Marathon Amazon

November 20, 2014 by
Filed under: blister care, Foot Care, Footcare, Health, Sports, Travel 

In early October I had the unique opportunity to return to Brazil and provide foot care to runners at the 10th Annual Jungle Marathon Amazon. The race is more than a marathon. It’s three races in one event set in a stage race format. Every day the race camp moves to a new location as the runners go through the jungle and along the beaches of the Amazon River. There’s a seven day, six stage race and a four day race, that both start at the same time. Then on day four, the single day marathon stage starts.

This year’s race was the toughest of any event I have been a part of. There was single track trails hacked through the jungle, red dirt roads with loose dirt, swamps and streams and rivers, humidity, heat, rain, sand that got everywhere, never ending wet feet and water-logged shoes, bugs and spiders and snakes, jaguar sightings, a lot of bee stings, either cold food or food heated with hot water, jungle and beach camps, carrying all your gear in a backpack, and nine nights in a hammock. Runner’s feet took a beating and as the days progressed, it was harder for them to recover. The cumulative affect of having your feet wet for the majority of every day, became a struggle for many runners. Maceration was a serious problem for everyone, and blisters affected all runners to varying degrees.

After the race ended, I was able to take a a few minutes and interview Amy Gasson, the second place women in the seven day race. Amy was a joy to know and smiled every day with a great positive attitude. Here’s the link to listen to the audio interview. It’s 17 minutes long.

Interview with Amy Gasson at the Jungle Marathon Amazon

Considering the interview was recorded with a handheld digital recorder, in the lobby of our hotel with all it’s normal background noises, the sound quality is remarkable. There’s a lot we can learn from what Amy shares. She did her homework and prepared well – both physically and her feet. Here’s a photo of Amy and me at the finish line.

Amy Gasson and me

Amy Gasson and me

Thanks Amy for letting me get to know you at the Jungle Marathon Amazon.

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2 Comments on An Interview with Amy Gasson at the Jungle Marathon Amazon

  1. Steve Bremner (@yardbird1964) on Tue, 6th Jan 2015 1:36 pm
  2. Excellent interview. I just finished your book “Fixing your Feet” and went to your blog to see what you’re doing lately. This race (Amazon Jungle Marathon) is definitely on my radar now. I’ve run the Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica four times and in 2013 I ran the Iceland “Racing the Planet” stage race. This one has me intrigued.

  3. John on Sun, 8th Feb 2015 3:05 pm
  4. Last October’s Amazon race was the 10th and I’ve not heard anything about this year. It may be moved to a different part of the river, or maybe not happen. Watch the website to see what happens.

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