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David Grier is a motivational speaker, celebrity chef and extreme adventurer, having just completed the first ever joint continuous run of the Great Wall of China, some 4000km in 98 days. David was born on the 16th of January 1960 into a Cape wine farming family in South Africa, and with this base he never lost his roots for the love of the outdoors. With food, wine and adventure close to his heart, David set out to take all of his passions to the extreme, and explore the limits of the human mind and body. After he studied management at hotel school, David set out into the industry and became one of the countries youngest hotel managers at the age of 21. Two years later David started his first in a of a string of successful restaurants, and has an international television cooking series on the way. David is always pushing his adventure side as well. Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, running the Comrades Marathon, the 2 Oceans Marathon, the Puffer Ultra Marathon, and the “Le Grand Raid” - the worlds hardest single stage mountain race, 128km. David is currently writing his book, Courage and Rice, a photographic journal of his adventure along the Great Wall of China. Motivational Speaking: To run some 4000 km along the Great Wall of China, over a period of 4 months. Starting in the Gobi desert at temperatures of + 40 and ending at the Bohai Sea at temperatures of - 22 is no mean feat. It took years of planning, training and gaining knowledge on China and the areas we would be covering, the project became a business. As we ran through china so we honed our skills, started to understand the conditions and system within we were operating using our expertise gained to exploit the situations. Planning was essential, but so was flexibility within this frame work, as hurdles were popping up on a daily basis and you have to overcome them in order to move on. The journey was undertaken by two of us, a small team within a bigger team. This became more and more important to the success of the project the longer it carried on. The growth of the team, within the team, the harnessing of the different members expertise became crucial to our success. Decisions that had to be made on the run, as well as the understanding of the group dynamics that we had, 4 different cultures, 4 different languages and never having been together before the run started. The growth of the members of the team along the way, the personal courage shown, the determination and sacrifices that members gave in order for us to succeed. How important it was for us to change and evolve along the way. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”


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