So, who is this guy who's going to cross an entire continent on foot?
Meet Mario Rigby.
Mario was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and spent his childhood between there and a small village near Stuttgart Germany. From an early age Mario was constantly pushing himself to excel and it worked, most notably in athletics where he thrived. "It was never enough to be the norm" he says when asked about his drive.
At the very moment that you find yourself reading this, Mario is walking through foreign landscapes on his mission to cross the African continent. All this entirely by foot, and occasionally with the aid of a paddle (Check out his photos and videos to get a glimpse of the varied terrains he faces on a daily basis!). He relies on the kindness of strangers and people interested in his mission for accomodation and when nothing comes up he's got his trusty tent.
In previous lives Mario has represented the TCI as a professional track and field athlete. He has broken a provincial record in Ontario for the 400meter sprint, and has successfully coached over 40 athletes in cross country, track and field, football, basketball and other various sports. Mario also just happens to be one of Toronto’s top fitness experts and group training specialists and has kept a blog of photographic and video evidence to boot! He is also a prolific writer and has been published in several magazines of which there are links to on his personal website (www.mariorigby.com)
His fitness, both physical and mental, will be tested and tried as he crosses over 10 countries (some more politically unstable than others), but he is set on doing it and doing it right. Mario has been very forthcoming about keeping his blog and various social media sites up to date, really allowing you to partake in his adventure in real-time which is something one rarely gets the chance to do. You can even track him with GPS! Click
to see where he is right now! (don't most people avidly avoid being tracked?!) Follow his journey and let him inspire you too!
When asked about his motivations for taking on this challenge his answer was two-fold:
- "To share with you and the rest of the world as best I can my journey following the traces of our great ancestors as I head out into this dangerous and mysterious terrain... I hope to expose lesser-known parts of the continent and keep you entertained with the unexpected circumstances that I will find along the way!"
- "To test the boundaries of human psychological and physiological capabilities. With excellent planning and day-by-day goal setting, almost anything is possible"
"I want to be an explorer, someone that ventures into uncharted territories or roads less travelled and comes back to share my experience with the world."
Well, you are definitely on the right track and we look forward to continuing to follow you along this epic adventure! Talk about inspiring! How far have you walked recently? How many strangers have you spoken to?