This epic endeavor began 2 years ago when Kari emailed Kendra, “Have you heard of the Tour d’Afrique?” A year and a half later, Kendra said, “I’m in”.
Kendra is currently living in Liguria, Italy and embracing la bella vita. In between Alpine excursions and Mediterranean kayaks, she works on the Marine Mammal Risk Mitigation project at the NATO Undersea Research Centre. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. in Environmental science and Engineering from Rice University and a M.S. in Marine Affairs from U. of Washington. Growing up, Kendra spent more time upside down tumbling or under water swimming then she did walking right side up on two feet! Eventually, she found her footing to participate in road races, bike tours, and triathlons, including the Nice Ironman. Kendra is looking forward to the 2011 challenge – the TDA and her discovery of the continent of Africa. The butterflies in her stomach are of excitement for the sites, smells, sounds, and sensations that she, Kari, and the rest of the group will encounter. She is excited to share these new experiences with those who may never travel to Africa, and more importantly, to focus attention on a basic human need to which so many do not have access, fresh water. All of this would not be possible without the unwavering and loving support of family and friends; this will be another life experience to share together. HERE WE GO!
CONTACT KENDRA: email@example.com, skype: kendralrn
Kari is currently living in Seattle and working as a conservation hydrologist on The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Team. Kari has a B.S. and B.A. in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University and a M.S. in Water Resources Planning & Management from U. of Washington. Kari has been a runner ever since her parents sent her outside to work off her overabundance of energy at age 7. She ran cross-country and track at Rice, and since then has dabbled in marathons and triathlons, and currently enjoys adventure racing with Team Manny’s in the Seattle area. Kari has always been drawn to Africa, in part because her mother was born and grew up in Kenya. Riding the length of the continent while raising money to provide clean water for a village in Ethiopia combines so many of her passions, most of all for adventure and for helping improve the lives of others. Kari is most grateful for her family who have supported her through all her crazy endeavors, inspired her to become the person she is today, and with whom she counts among her most valuable friends.
CONTACT KARI: firstname.lastname@example.org, skype: kari.vigerstol