THE 25,000 MILE LOVE STORY
Serge and Nicole Roetheli embarked on their epic run around the world which they called “Run for Kids” to raise awareness of the plight of children in developing countries. They endured to complete this event, 25,422 miles and 63 months later, on May 7, 2005, averaging a marathon every other day, drinking over 6 tons of Coca-Cola and wearing out 64 pairs of shoes. Serge and Nicole’s story is one of hope for anyone. They have fascinating stories of children they met in jails, orphanages they visited, poverty and snakes they encountered, coupe attempts and malaria that they survived–continuing on with broken bones, running the Sahara Desert, surviving running in hurricanes plus a very humorous and unforgettable experience with cabbies in New York City.
Two years after having linked Ushuaia (Argentina) to Fairbanks (Alaska) while covering more than 24,000 kilometers, Serge and Nicole Roetheli took to the road again in February 2000 for a world tour lasting more than five years. At the end of their crazy adventure, they had traveled some dizzying distances–40,912 kilometers (25,422 miles)–which is the equivalent of nearly a thousand marathons, 63 months of running, six continents traversed. During this whole time of “adventure à deux,” Nicole recorded her impressions, her outrages when confronted with injustices and inequalities, her joys of sharing, her times of sadness, and her happiness of living a different way.
Serge and Nicole Roetheli came up with a crazy idea—to accomplish something for the children who are lost in this world. Something… by running — something this professional mountain guide certainly knows how to do. He had already crossed Europe by globetrotting from Gibraltar to North Cape. Accompanied by his wife, Nicole, who followed him first on a bike, and then on a scooter, Serge ran 24,115 kilometers—the equivalent of 575 marathons! Their “American Challenge” is told through this beautiful coffee-table book — their run from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska lasting just under three years. From this modern day epic, there remains a concrete help to the street children of Colombia, and this book tells their story — of the storms of Patagonia, the stifling jungle of Panama, and the icy terrains of Alaska. It also recounts their joys and their pains, the bittersweet anecdotes… three years of joy… and of tears.
“In South America, Nicole and I were considered rich because we had running shoes and a motor scooter; when we crossed into the United States, we were considered poor because all we had were running shoes and a motor scooter.”
– Serge Roetheli