Aussie Ultra-Runners Draw a 63-Mile Umbrella Around Hong Kong

The umbrella-shaped route the ultra-runners took, forming a metaphorical "shield from the storm." (Screenshot/Facebook)
The umbrella-shaped route the ultra-runners took, forming a metaphorical "shield from the storm." (Screenshot/Facebook)

Two Australians who love running have shown their support for the Umbrella Movement and universal suffrage by completing an unusually shaped route around Hong Kong.

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:

 

 

 

 

And here’s John being interviewed by the BBC about why he did the run:

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