Wairua Spirit (9-11 July 2021)
Jamie Milne and DR Kendall George will be taking on ETR21
Jamie 200km and DR K 160km
Over the next decade 2019 – 2029 we will create an artefact in the form of a documentary that will explore the powerful, often invisible, drivers of the human spirit in response to extreme physical demands. The subject of ‘Wairua’ will be explored in the testing environment of ultra-endurance running.
Selection of the 10 most challenging and arduous ultra-marathons throughout the world has been completed. An event will be tackled annually by Jamie Milne, a New Zealand Maori who has a reputation and track record of undertaking unachievable tasks and exposing himself to extreme physical adversity. Jamie is willing to uncover his vulnerabilities and document the non-tangible, motivational drivers of the human spirit. Each event will focus on delivering relevant content in response to current gaps in research, public interest and identified trends in the media.
Generalising today’s modern society in developed countries we have afforded a level of ease and comfort. We are strong and stable in this comfortable environment but are subsequently mentally weaker.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”
— Mahatma Gandhi
Given the opportunity to quit, give in, and truly admit defeat, the human spirit if allowed, steps in to inject balance, adding an invisible force, “kaha” (strength) and fuel. This is reserved only for those who pay the physical price.
THE TOP 10
HURT 100 (Hawaii, USA)
Barkley Marathon (Tennessee, USA)
Grand to Grand Ultra (Grand Canyon, USA)
Jungle Ultra (Amazon Jungle, Peru)
Bad Water Ultra (Death Valley, USA)
Hardrock 100 (Colorado, USA)
Spartathlon (Athens to Sparta, Greece)
Fat Dog 120 (British Columbia, Canada) (Changed to ETR 200, 160km)
6633 Ultra (Yukon Valley, Canada)
Hounslow Classic (Blue Mountains, Australia)
Elephant Trail Race 200/160 (Port Macquarie, Australia)
The first event will be the Hurt 100 in Oahu Hawaii a 100-Mile Endurance Run. Jamie has been selected as a participant through the 2019 HURT 100 lottery process and will compete this coming January 2019 (only 100 elite ultra-runners are selected annually). This event embodies its name with the spirit of adventure and the sense of remaining constant. The HURT100, is an extreme event, designed for the adventurous and psychologically-resilient ultra-runner. The 100 miles, or 160.9344 kilometres (over 5 laps partial out and backs), is undertaken in a semi-tropical rainforest with 24,500 feet (7467.6 metres) of cumulative elevation gained and lost over the course. Participants are offered 99% single-track trails consisting of moderately packed soil with generously interspersed roots, rocks, puddles, and mud wallows.
[Wairua 3.0 ]
Beyond physical Fitness
Beyond Mental Toughness & Pain Tolerance
What Keeps A Human Being Moving?
Wairua 3.0 July 2021 Port Macquarie
“The Elephant Trail Race” 200 & 160km Events
Jamie is going to be filming his next documentary for Wairua Spirit, which is a 10 part documentary series over 10 years.
After the enormous success and Big Screen Premieres of Wairua Spirit in 2019, we are beyond excited to share the filming for Year 3 will begin.
Shot Imagery will be capturing the next chapter of this 10 year Documentary in Port Macquarie NSW with the Elephant Trail Race.
Coupled with another USC ( University Sunshine Coast ) study, and a deep dive look at what happens beyond pain tolerance and mental toughness this one is set to present potent and powerful insights into the endurance world.
In 2020 The pandemic crippled our chances of filming part 2 and the trip to British Columbia, 2021 presents us with the opportunity to film at home.
Wairua 3.0 will follow Jamie as he attempts to tackle the currently never finished 200km Elephant trail race in sub 41 hours, and with a plot twist and no doubt fan favourite, Shot imagery will follow Dr Kendall George as she races in the 100 miler ( 160km Elephant Trail Race)
July 2021 is race day. Please share follow, and click and watch part one